What would you do? You are held at gun point. The shooter is asking you to deny Christ or be shot. Would you deny Christ to avoid being shot or would you say I believe in Jesus Christ and be shot? That is the ultimate question!
I have been blessed by sitting in with the youth at church and Jerry read a segment out of the book “Jesus Freaks: Martyrs: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks.”
He has read a couple of them with the youth here around the Spring 2013. Most recent one, when this post was first published, was from a girl at the Combine shooting. It was said she has a gun to her head and he asked if she believes in God. She said yes. The shooter asked why. Before she could give her answer she was shot dead.
That is just a short of the many standing up for Christ in this book. This book is done by dc Talk a Christian Music band I remember listening to when I was younger. I enjoy them and they are still good. They even has a song Jesus Freak. I like this quote from the song. I don’t really care either if they say that I am a Jesus Freak! Below is the a quote from the song.
What will people think when they hear that I’m a Jesus Freak? What will people do when they find that it’s true? I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus Freak. Cause there ain’t no disguising the truth. What will people think, What will people do? I don’t really care, what else can I say, There ain’t no disguising the truth.
I would love to purchase this book and read these stories of these great men and women of faith standing up for what that believe in. Did you know that if you lose your life for Christ you actually gain it. You gain the ever lasting life. You become a Martyr. Did you know the apostles became martyrs for Christ.
A martyr (Greek: μάρτυς, mártys, “witness”; stem μάρτυρ-, mártyr-) is somebody who suffers persecution and death for refusing to renounce, or accept, a belief or cause, usually religious. (1)
Many times in the Bible do you see it show you that Christ said if you lose your life for me you gain it.
Dying for Christ is taking up your own cross and denying your own-self. (Matthew 16:24) and several other places as well. You must lose your life for the sake of Christ. You may lose your earthly life but gain a greater reward of Heavenly life with our Father. Another example of standing up for Christ is Pastor Saeed Abedini who is held captive in a very bad prison in Iran. He is beat, tortured, and more daily. They have said if he denies Christ he can be set free. But he refuses. Would you do the same thing? I posted this in 2013, and it is now 2015 and Saeed is still a prisoner.
We see this today with ISIS and other extremist groups. They are in imprisoning, slaving, beheading, drowning, burning and more because they won’t denounce their Christian Faith. But the greatest thing if we give our lives for Christ, we gain our lives with Him. We were bought with a price, the price of Christ on the Cross. We are not our own, but we are His.
We may say that we would never denounce Christ, but we will never truly know unless we come face to face with that situation. I pray we can have the faith, boldness and strength to stand on the solid rock of Christ.
Just remember those who are ashamed of Christ, Christ will be ashamed of you. See these verses:
We don’t want Christ ashamed of us because we were ashamed of Him.
Check out this blog post Killed for Being a Christian
So what would you chose to do? Accept Christ or Deny Christ? Are you willing to lose your earthly body or be tortured for Him?
First published March 29, 2013. Republished with additions on August 17, 2015.