So – even a sketchy glance at randommystic reveals I love all things ancient-meditative-Christian – and my last post raved all about this crazy band of people who just a couple of weeks ago I’d never even heard of – who also died for their faith over 1800 years ago. And to be sure there are people dying for their faith today – and I’m looking forward to talking about that more too …
But what about us burger buying, walmart shopping Americans in the land-O-plenty? We’re among the least likely people in the world to suffer in any profound way for our faith. We live highly convenient,automated, labor-saving lives where if you ever really are persecuted all you need to do is lawyer up! This is a recipe for exactly no spiritual depth – look it up.
That said though – God’s graciously surrounded each of us with people almost as imperfect as we are . But taking to heart passages like Romans 12:18 “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men”, Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” – not to mention everything in 1 Corinthians 13 – is a powerful guaranteed cure. American martyrdom is dying to heartlessness, lovelessness, coldness, indifference, bitterness, judgment, contempt, vindictiveness – and the toothless sort of “Christian reconciliation” that’s more like a cold-war than Christians imitating Christ. It’s delusional to even think that the freezer-burn can do anything but weaken us even more for loving as Christ taught us to love. It’s delusional for me to wonder if I would die for Christ if I refuse to live for Him.
Or – as Paul put it “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.” Rom 6:8