Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
June 15, 2021
The early church father Tertullian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”
But the church in America has rarely faced such persecution. Christianity as expressed through the last 2,000 years looks far different than the Americanized Christianity of the last 200 years.
American Christians have become so used to religious freedom and the general acceptance of Christianity that many have been lulled into an amnesia when it comes to the sufferings Christ says are expected of His followers, as we read time and time again in scripture.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. Matthew 24:9
22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
It’s no wonder that the recent encroachments on our liberties seem shocking and unfair. Now, America finds itself in a culture that ‘cancels’ everything opposed to the mainstream moral narrative.
Biblical values that were once considered morally right and acceptable are now considered morally repugnant by many Americans.
Gone are the days of cordially discussing such differences or agreeing to disagree. People would rather unfriend, boycott or attack individual, businesses and churches for believing and practicing values contrary to their own.
Here’s a thought – instead of fearing the effects the cancel culture could have on the church, what if we recognize that God could be trying to change Christian’s responses to the culture rather than the culture’s acceptance of Christians?
In times of spiritual warfare and persecution, Christian spectators must become Christian soldiers.
One More Thought
Where is Our Hope?
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution isn’t where our hope lies, nor does it lie in the outcome of elections. The hope of Christians isn’t even in America being a Christian nation.
The hope of the church is in Christ Himself.
Hope is what allows the church to live beyond the chaos. It’s also what allows followers of Christ to endure when it seems their efforts are in vain. They are not.
The world isn’t our home. We need not fear the current cancel culture. Christ cannot be canceled!
© Credits: Alan Dupuis & Jacob Haywood – with All the Glory to God