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Christians and American Freedom

We love too deeply and too idolatrously those rights ensured to us by the Constitution.

The second anyone encroaches on our right to anything–be it life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, freedom of religion or of speech, or any number of other inalienable rights, we throw a hissy fit and stomp our feet like a child denied a piece of candy.

As believers, we ought to realize that, yes, these freedoms are a benefit and an enabling for the advancement of the kingdom, but they should not be the abode of either our joy or sorrow. When these rights are infringed upon (when in reality we perceive them to be so), we should take note, shrug it off, and continue proclaiming Christ, whether it be in the prisons, under house arrest, or in the face of certain death.

The first disciples proclaimed Christ in the face of actual persecution—not this pseudo-persecution more akin to “Oh, they’re going to laugh at me or not talk to me” than to “This person could take me to the governor and have me arrested, thrown into the Coliseum, or killed.”

And we have fear in sharing the Gospel.

How dare we?

How cheap is this message of a dying person’s only hope that we would refrain from sharing it with anybody to keep our own flesh intact?

How dear do we hold our own lives?

Where are the young men and women of this generation who will hold their lives cheap and be faithful even unto death? Where are those who will lose their lives for Christ’s sake — flinging them away for love of him? Where are those who will live dangerously and be reckless in his service? Where are his lovers — those who love him and the souls of men more than their own reputations or comfort or very life?

Where are the men who say ‘no’ to self, who take up Christ’s cross to bear it after him, who are willing to be nailed to it in college or office, home or mission field, who are willing, if need be, to bleed, to suffer and to die on it?

Where are the adventurers, the explorers, the buccaneers for God, who count one human soul of far greater value than the rise or fall of an empire? Where are the men who are willing to pay the price of vision? Where are the men of prayer? Where are God’s men in this day of God’s power?

Howard Guinness, source

(cf. Matthew 5:10-12; Romans 12:12-21; Philippians 1:12; 1 Peter 1:6-10, 2:19-25, 3:8-17, 4:1, 2, 12-19, 5:8-11)

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