And bottom line… we cannot FORCE anyone into doing something they don’t want to do… even with a literal gun pointed to their head! After all… the person CAN choose a bullet to the head rather than doing what would prevent getting shot in the head. We might think that decision is foolish… but only if getting shot in the head is preferable OVER doing what a person was attempting to force them to do. Not sure you agree?
Would you deny Christ in order to not be burned at the stake (A bullet to the head). Would you turn your back on Christianity to keep from your family being killed? Would you abandon the Christian faith to keep your job… not lose your house… not be put in prison… etc.? To follow God’s call would you leave your family?
Come on Ron… that’s not real world! Really? You don’t think I’m talking “real world?” That’s probably because Christians in the USA have been so assaulted by Satan with ease, peace, and safety that we don’t have a point of reference for what the greatest majority of Christians have lived through the centuries. And then consider these events…
One Christian dies every 5 minutes for their faith… worldwide.
Laos: Six Christian leaders jailed for celebrating Jesus’ birth.
Iraq: Christian business attacked by radical Muslims.
Iran: Man jailed for over a year for converting to Christianity.
Israel: Messianic Jewish family had a bomb planted at their home.
Vietnam: Gang attacks church leaders.
Kenya: Christians attacked.
Real world… historically… being a Christian is costly. Satan has weakened Christians in America by NOT persecuting us. We’re so out of touch we think getting laughed at, or excluded from “cool circles,” or losing a job is persecution. imagine Paul talking with an American Christian about persecution and he begins by showing the scars on his back and head from being whipped, beaten with rods, and stoned with rocks. No… we haven’t suffered.
I hesitate to write this, but… the best thing that could happen to the church in America would be to experience persecution. Then maybe we’d quit having tidy little gatherings, study groups, celebrity pastors, and start having all night prayer vigils. I’m just saying…