Western Christianity is a cheap and commercialized imitation that prepares no one for suffering. One of the reasons American Christians have so much trouble with persecution, namely martyrdom, is because we’ve been taught faith entitles us to things the Gospel never guaranteed. All a saved person is due is salvation, persecution, and peace throughout the persecution, and if they never hope beyond that, the reality is the Cross is provision enough, even in the face of death.
There are displaced Christians worldwide that are dirt poor, unbeknownst to them is the arrival of their next meal, and desperately they hope to rest without a pervasive fear of waking up to a sword. When death comes looking for these people, their hope doesn’t disappear. People in the Western world have stopped believing in the triune God for trivial garbage. The juxtaposition is disturbing. Their hope is in material; not in the Messiah. Although it breaks me every time I hear of Christians being slaughtered, I don’t scratch my head anymore because Biblical prophecy continues to fulfill itself.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve had conversations with that have blamed God for the wickedness of man. Sin was, is, and always will be, our fault. We tend to focus on when the next “blessing” is in transit. Often times, these are carnal pursuits, not glory we can give to God. Our culture focuses on self and accrual of things—things that according to Christ will be consumed by rust, the meals of moths, and the inventory of thieves. It is imperative your hope be placed in the Christ, nothing else will sustain you. He is the only way to Heaven and He’s certainly worth suffering for in the face of hell’s henchmen. No other god, no revered prophet, no prayer to ancestors, no earth worship, no spiritism, no new age, no other name, no other deity, saves. Only the Biblical Christ does. John 14:6. #TheologyOverTheatrics. #persecutedChristians#martyrdom.
Matthew 24:9 (KJV) ”Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my Name’s sake.”