Anytime Christians throughout the world are persecuted or killed because of who they are and their belief in Christ, American Christians will usually take the opportunity to ask the question, “If you could be persecuted or killed because you believe in Jesus, would you simply deny you’re a Christian?”
One of my seminary professors used to say, “When they begin to kill Christians in America, the true test of Christian faith and the real Christians will be revealed.”
My response is, really?
So, according to my professor’s statement, if all the real and true Christians are killed, there will be none left to spread the gospel resulting in the good news that Jesus is the Christ and the true son of God being ultimately lost and forgotten.
This use of questioning people’s faith was a trend in preaching in America during the rise of the Soviet Union and now, it’s being used again.
Since the mass killings of Christians by ISIS in Syria and Iraq and more recently with the twenty one beheadings of Christians in Libya, preachers, pastors and evangelist have all been emphasizing the need for strong faith to prepare for what they believe to be a coming Holocaust for Christians.
For this pastor/preacher/theologian and Christian writer, I find this mode of thinking to be totally out of character to both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as well as the Medieval period of history.
Many of the Knights Templar were persecuted and killed but far more escaped and ran to hold on to what they believed to be the truth.
Yes indeed, there were many who were persecuted and ultimately killed for their faith but they didn’t just stand there and take it; no sir, they fought for their faith because they felt their faith was more important to live for than die for.
Don’t misunderstand, some Christians during the Roman Empire had no choice because they were virtually harvested by the Romans for entertainment purposes to be killed in the coliseum and other similar facilities.
In the Old Testament all of the kings and prophets literally fought for their faith; sometimes they won and sometimes they lost but at least they tried to defend their faith.
Although this writer is not advocating the creation of any new Christian militias, it is certainly a good idea to get prepared and defend yourself, your church and your Christian community.
Begin by getting to know the Christians of your community, encourage each other to get involved in the leadership of your community, write your State and Congressional leaders, get involved in an aggressive prayer campaign asking God to change the hearts of those that would harm us and by all means take advantage of your first and second amendment rights.
Christians do not and should not sit idly by and let these anti-Christian groups make threats about destroying the nation or people of the Cross.
It is ironic that these Islamic extremist recognize America is basically a Christian country when so many of our own people are doing everything they can to destroy our identity with Jesus and the cross on which He died.
Enough already, let’s defend rather than die for our faith.
Let’s remember that Jesus was persecuted and died but He was also resurrected and lived again.
Christianity is about life and not death so let’s get better familiar with the “two edged sword” (the Bible) and really know its history and content.
Let’s stand up and fight; retreat if we must but remain strong to return another day.
Christianity has always survived because Christians took up the sword and fought and not because they put it down.
Christians must also stop fighting among ourselves over needless issues and unite to fight against this common enemy of the church.
Let’s be prepared like the early Christians, love our enemies but with one eye always open and your sword drawn.
God bless America.
© 2014 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III