With the recent tragedy in Charleston, SC, I am sure millions are still processing how a young man or anyone for that matter can walk into a church and kill innocent people. It does not matter what their reason may be, it is just something we here in American have not fully experience. Let’s continue to keep the families and the community in our prayers
In third world countries the mass killings of Christians is known and felt, but not here in America. The media coverage is full of many stories where men, woman, and children are running for their lives all because they believe in Jesus Christ and profess their beliefs as Christians. My heart goes out to these families. I could not imagine this type of dreadful and horrendous persecution.
Acts 9:1-2 in the New Living Translations says, Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.
Saul’s job was to kill Christians. While he was on his way yet again to kill, the Lord blinded him and asked him, why do you persecute me? I am sure Saul would have rather had some other encounter, but that one encounter changed his life. That ride on the Damascus Road not only changed him it was also the catalyst for his journey in becoming one of Gods greatest voices. There are countless stories in the Bible that show where Christians were killed all for following Christ. I don’t know about you, but I for one am not going to reject a God who is loving, kind, and generous. A God who is always an ever present help, who is a solid refuge and fortress. A God who can part seas, speak through burning bushes, cause plagues, and send mana from the heavens. No, I will forever stand on the truth even though they truth may result in my death.
You may find your faith wavering. You may fear speaking the name of the Lord or even carrying your Bible in public. I encourage you to stand firm in your faith. Gird up and mount up as an eagle. God knew that these thing would happen, that is why He spoken of them in His word. Stay connected to other believers and do not allow yourself to become separated and unprotected. Love on your family and friends. One of the main tricks of the enemy is to separate. Reject the urge to close yourself off, especially out of fear. Remember, no weapons formed against you will prosper.
Deuteronomy 32:43 New Living Translation - “Rejoice with him, you heavens, and let all of God’s angels worship him. Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles, and let all the angels be strengthened in him. For he will avenge the blood of his children; he will take revenge against his enemies. He will repay those who hate him and cleanse his people’s land.”
Rejoice in knowing that you are ready for that great day to sit at the feet of our Lord and Savior.