Christianity has no room for cowardice. Courage is a tenet built into the character of our leader the Christ. This is easily reasoned. The faith of Christ has a fixation on the performance of God’s word and the word of selfish desires defies God’s word. It therefore becomes impossible to avoid a circumstance where the demands of this world contradict God’s will. When a Christian arrives at that moment their identity comes into question. Your allegiance automatically falls in behind the report you choose to believe. To add to the conflict the world will normally bring to the conflict the pressure of suffering.
So suffering for the courageous is unavoidable but what benefit is hidden in its delivery?
Philippians 1: 27-29 tells us that God uses out suffering as a witness. When we stood before Alsup, Scott and I were not ashamed of the gospel. Alsup had within his power the ability to bring us suffering if we did not bow to his lie, we could not. Our co-defendants missed a great blessing by being servants to Christ. For our suffering it is said by this scripture was a witness to Alsup of his destruction and our salvation. If this witness is lost it injures both parties. If Alsup should fail to come to the knowledge of Christ in this life he will have this witness for all eternity that Christ loved him.
I know Scott and I believed in the truth of our Dorean efforts but that work is trivial compared to the witness to one soul. When the love of Christ transforms your spirit all your priorities shift and suffering is not to be avoided at all cost. People worry about witnessing for the Lord like it is some duty you have to perform. My discovery is that witness opportunities are ever present if you have the courage to embrace them. No regret comes of these events when you see how God moves.
No doubt in Alsup’s career he has seen hundreds of people profess a faith in Jesus Christ or many other religions. He has also watched most all buckle at the knee and piss themselves at the threat of his power. Then God delivers Scott and me before him. We rebuke him, tell him he’s a fraud and don’t make any choices of compromise. He has a firm witness of Christ and so do we. That is a win-win situation. Funny how many bemoan such a victory.
You want to be a witness of Christ shinning His light in the darkness? It’s not that hard, Don’t hide it when darkness approaches. Stand tall, stand firm, and place your light upon the mountain of courage and all will see it, a witness to all.