Many Christians are quick to proclaim they will die for Christ, but when confronted with day-to-day situations they are silent for fear of losing their job, comfort, convenience or even reputation in ‘the church’.
And, many times, it’s people who call themselves believers who are responsible for firing someone for standing for the cause of Christ.
Think about this. Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, otherwise known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were exiles in Babylon, slaves, land who were in a sense chosen to serve the King…Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel Chapter 3). When confronted with a choice to go against God commandments or die, they chose what could have been certain death. They didn’t make excuses.
However, people today say…
“Well, God understands.”
“You have to have your your job.”
“God gives you common sense.”
If God expected Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael and Daniel to refuse to compromise at the risk of death, how do you think He feels about us in regard to remaining silent because we don’t want to lose our jobs?
Revelation 2:10 (NKJV)
10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
How many times do people compromise their values for an ungodly work culutre?
How many times have people been told don’t speak up or stand publicly for certain issues because or you will be terminated?
I once made a statement in defense of Godly marriage between a man and a woman. More than one person close to me said I should stop doing so because it might prevent my wife’s music, which I wrote, from being played on the radio because of those who live that lifestyle in the industry. When I had a job in corporate America, I was advised to remain silent on certain issues because it could prevent me from being promoted or cause me to be terminated.
If God expected our examples in the bible to be faithful unto death, then I’m quite sure He expects us to be faithful unto termination…and trust Him with what happens.
I’ve even been advised to be very careful about what I write in my blog because it could affect my position as a teacher.
People are quick to say I WILL DIE FOR CHRIST, but prove otherwise when they aren’t even willing to give up comfort and convenience for Him.
Remember what our Lord warned before He went to the cross…
John 16:2 (NKJV)
2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.