A recent story in the Persecution Blog caught my attention. Stacey Harp wrote about a Christian who knew where he stood and continued to stand there. It cost him three years in a communist prison. Even in prison he continued to spread the gospel. (Reminds me of the apostle Paul.)
As I read this I thought about Christians in America. We love to complain about everything while sitting in our comfortable air-conditioned churches waiting for the lost to come to us. We have the freedom to preach the gospel without fear that we will get sent to jail. (Yes I know there are exceptions. They are exceptions, not the rule. Christians in some countries are actually being killed because they are being Christians rather than just born-again to get to heaven believers. We have these freedoms and mostly we ignore them.
Preaching the gospel is not a job for pastors and clergy. It is the command of Jesus to ALL who would claim that they are following Him.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:15-18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Matthew 28:18-19) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47)
This is what we are told to do by none other than Jesus Himself. First in our hometowns, counties and states, then to all of the world. It’s a shame that nations evangelized by American missionaries are now sending missionaries to America. Not for training, but to win the lost because America has become a field ripe for harvest, but there are no willing workers.
My point is that we need to remember the example of Miss California who, despite knowing that she would lose the crown, had her eyes on a better crown. Knowing that she would be reviled here, she knew that righteousness needs no defense. The time has arrived when it is not popular to be a Christian. If you stand firm on Biblical principles you will be ridiculed and mocked. Remember that brothers and sisters in other countries stand at the risk of their lives. If we fail to stand now our nation may be the next to have martyrs listed in the Persecution Blog.