God commands Christians to boldly proclaim truth, no matter the cost.
Times are tough. As Americans become less and less religious and moral, hatred toward Christians continues its steady uptick. Few Christians are surprised that attacks on religious freedom are trending so far up, so quickly.
In a day and age which directs so much vitriol toward biblical truth, it’s easy for Christians to cower. Equally harmful as outside hatred is the deep-set complacency many Christians and churches feel. As is human nature, Christians desire comfort. Unfortunately, though, longing for comfort has led to fewer and fewer Christians standing strong for biblical truth in the public square.
God commands Christians to boldly proclaim truth, no matter the cost. Even at the expense of reputation, riches, and yes, comfort.
Here are three encouraging reasons Christians can be unfearful, bold champions for God and biblical truth.
Reason #1: Christian Values and Principles are Right
The easiest way to have confidence in a belief is to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the belief is correct. Christians can have unwavering confidence in their beliefs.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, the Apostle Paul tells the Church of Corinth that “we are of all people most to be pitied” if Christians’ beliefs are untrue. Of course, later in the chapter Paul explains that biblical truth is in fact true. And that’s the exact reason the Apostle Paul boldly proclaimed God’s truth in the most hostile settings – Mars Hill, Jewish synagogues, courts of unbelieving kings – and eventually died for the cause of Christ.
Paul’s confidence in God’s truth allowed him to shamelessly spread biblical truth. God’s truth remains true and unchanged from the beginning of time, so today’s Christians can mirror Paul’s confidence.
Reason #2: God is on Christians’ Side
Why is it possible for Americans to live day-to-day without a single thought of danger from outside invaders? Simple. Because defending America stands the most powerful army to ever walk the face of the earth. If Americans can have such brash confidence because of their powerful ally, how much more can Christians have confidence in the ruler of all creation?
Again, the Apostle Paul displays his confidence when he wrote in Romans 8:31 that “if God is for us, who can be against us?” Though He does not necessarily guarantee safety or a life free of persecution and pain, God does promise to give His children what’s best. The Prophet Jeremiah told the Israelites that “this message is from the Lord. ‘I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.’” The same is true for today’s Christians.
Reason #3: Christians’ Future Reward is Far Greater than Earthly Affliction
After Saint Stephen boldly proclaimed God’s truth to the unbelieving Jewish leaders of his day, he would face death and become the first Early Church martyr. Stephen knew that the pain and persecution he experienced would pale in comparison to the reward of his obedience.
Stephen is not alone. The halls of history ring with the confidence of the thousands of Christian martyrs who understand that though they face unpleasant earthly affliction, an eternal life with God would be worth the pain.
Most Christians will never face the prospect of martyrdom in exchange for standing for biblical truth. Though standing for God’s truth does not come without expense, God promises that “this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
Christian, you may face discomfort and persecution, but with these truths you can take a bold stand for God and biblical truth.
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