I love to read quotations. However, it is always a bit disappointing when the quote is attributed to anonymous. Why does anonymous get so much credit? Despite my envy, one of my favorite new quotes is from him: “Write what should not be forgotten.” Since I have been transitioning from a gazillion-year career in technology to a neophyte author, this quote resonates with me.
Something I have observed is that Christians are assuming our uneasy peace with governments is natural and expected – I hasten to add that many Christians are continually being tortured or martyred daily for their faith in Jesus. Still, across the world, a large number of Christians are permitted relative freedom to worship by their governments.
Since the time of the great persecution, referenced in Acts 8:1, the persecution of the Church has never ceased. Even now, in our present age of tenuous peace between Christianity and governments of the world, the chains to restrain us are being forged.
An article in Medium.com, published today, has the title and subtitle: No Country for Old Moderates – There’s no such thing as ‘the middle’ anymore — only those who can tolerate injustice and those who can’t. The days of building a consensus or even a compromise seem to be over.
One Core Belief
We know the world hates us for one core belief of Christianity which is so unpalatable to the world that they lose their minds with anger and their governments do all they can to restrain us. I’m referring to when Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 ESV)
Christ’s statement is profoundly divisive. “And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.” (Mark 13:12 ESV)
The act of being a Christian is divisive because we must not compromise what is True, with a capital “T”. We need to trust that the whole Bible is true. That it is the Word of God. That Jesus is not just the world’s best hope but their only hope. That the people we know, work with, and/or love, will not always tolerate Christianity. Nevertheless, remember what Apostle Paul said:
Acts 26:25 (NIV), “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.”
Our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior is true and reasonable. Of course you knew that but I wanted to “write what should not be forgotten.”
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