A Haiku - Safety
How safe do you feel? More safe, or less?
A Haiku - Safety
Early Christians feared.
Not all ended well at first
Faith saw them through though..
Where is safety to be found?
It's my birthday this month, and in a lifetime of living I can honestly say I have not experienced unmanageable fear.
Walking across a wet and slippery log some twenty-five feet in the air above water was not fear-filled, nor were my experiences in the Vietnam War, nor were forays into jungle and slums.
What must it have been like for the early Christians, and for those today being persecuted and put to death for their beliefs? One option, then and now, has been to deny Christ. During the infamous Inquisition some Christians were boiled in oil, burned at the stake, and otherwise brutally tortured for their beliefs in the similarly distorted belief that causing the victims to succumb to another set of beliefs could force them to save their souls.
Such extreme tests of any Christian's deep-seated beliefs is the ultimate test of a believer in Christ.
All Christians can ask themselves the question at the heart of such tests: would I deny Christ in order to save my mortal life at the possible sacrifice of eternal life?
Christians under Roman emperors faced the same question and were brutalized in horrendous ways, if they would not consider that those human emperors were the self-proclaimed gods they claimed Christians must worship while denying the one true God..
Yet the church survived to this day and will survive today's tests. The love of God is more to be desired than the acceptance of mere men, and making and publishing such ungodly assassinations does nothing to change that fact.
Where is safety to be found? Not only in prepared defenses, but also in resolute defense of one's beliefs.
May God bless all His children with the sure knowledge that they are eternally safe in His love, and in Christ's redemption.
© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
Practice safety first, but nothing we do is perfectly safe.
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