As the world is reeling and rocking to and fro, thinking we’ve witnessed all the terror and horror that we can, the king of evil shows more execrable images to the world. While we as Christians do not have a spirit of timidity, we are saddened and mourning with our brethren. The Bible also tells us we are not to mourn as those who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. We do however share in their sorrow and in their suffering, as if we are in the body with them. We can not splinter the Body of Christ.
Now more than ever we must put on the armor, take a stand and stand firm linking arms and prayers in this tribulation that has fallen upon the Earth. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is very explicit about the trials we are to face. But our hope is in Him, and when we overcome, we will receive a crown of righteousness. We must not lose sight of this. The words have been written, the story has been told, we were warned and instructed to watch and be ready. And we know how the story ends. Do not be distracted, we must keep our eyes focused on Christ and Him alone. As Peter learned how important that is when he attempted to walk on the sea. The moment he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink. Focused on Jesus, we must stand as one in the Body of Christ. We can’t scatter the body and go off to our own desires, whether it be ignoring the coming storm, or spreading hatred. It’s time to stop calling each other names, does it really matter what denomination we are? Are we not one in the Body of Christ? There is only one definition of Anti-Christ and that is “he who denies that Jesus is Christ.” Christ gave us a commission and that was to spread His light and make disciples of all men, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We are witnessing a annihilation, the genocide of Christians in immeasurable numbers. And it will only get worse. We condemn these unspeakable acts of evil and barbary, we condemn an ideology that preys on the poor, the weak and the innocent. We condemn any entity that exhibits such blatant disregard for human life, and the basic of human rights such as dignity. We call on the Body of Christ to unite and support one another as the early church did when faced with tribulation. We call on our governments to condemn such evil attacks on the same poor, widowed, the infirm, the orphaned or those who don’t respect religious beliefs of others.
When the sea turns red with the blood of Christian Martyrs it’s time for the Body of Christ to speak out as one. It’s time for us to raise our voices in our churches and to our elected officials to denounce these acts. It’s time for our Government to recognize what has happened, what is happening and what will happen if the world remains silent.
Satan wants to instill fear. He wants us to believe he is all powerful, we are crushed and he will triumph. But the history of the persecuted church has shown that through martyrdom, the gospel has gone forth. Tertullian said that the blood of the martyr is the seed of the church. When the blood of our Egyptian brothers spilled into the sea, may it not be in vain, but expand the Church to spread the Good News of Christ to all shores. Therefore let us pray for God’s victory to be manifested in the death of His precious saints. Let us pray for much fruit to come from the martyrdom of these precious brothers. And let us put away the photos and propaganda stories meant to paralyze us in fear. Let us turn it around and encourage each other with the promises of our Savior, our Lord, our King, Jesus Christ.