In 24 hours we will no doubt remember the whole plethora of emotions of the attack on our country and our faith labelled 9/11. 9 years later let’s not forget that reprehensible act and of our responsibility to be willing to literally fight for the freedom we enjoy, and especially for our freedom in Christ.
The news of the day is indescribable. American pastors threatening to burn the Quran which Muslims deem holy. Word of Christian persecution in Gaza City where a church is desecrated and Bibles and prayers books burned by Muslim extremists. Maybe more perplexing is an article in yesterday’s Drudge Report detailing a May 2009 incident where Bibles written for Afghanis in their native tongue arrived at American military posts and were subsequently trashed and then burned rather than returned for redistribution all in the name of non-offense.
The cross of Christ is in and of itself offensive. It declares a doctrine of atonement not found in any of the other world religions. Jesus said, “I did not come to bring peace but a sword…”(Matthew 10:34, NIV). Of course Jesus also said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me.” I am always perplexed by those who suggest that Jesus really didn’t mean what He said in that passage? I simply think Jesus meant precisely what He stated.
There have been times and season in human history where being a Christian was the same as being a target for destruction and persecution. It seems that may be the season ahead. I am for a controlled burn; no wait, make that an uncontrolled burn. Not of Bibles nor of Quran’s nor anything other written thing; I pray for hearts on fire burning with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit for Jesus Christ and mission and ministry to a very hostile and hurting world. But to be on fire with a passion to love and redeem brings a very confronting question, Is Christ worth dying for?
Be strong and courageous! No weapon formed against you will prosper! These are God’s promises for those who are in Him and living for His purpose even in the painful separation of bone from marrow. God give strength and courage!