“To be a Christian now means
to have the courage
to preach the true teaching of Christ
and not be afraid of it, not be silent out of fear
and preach something easy
that won’t cause problems.
To be a Christian in this hour means
to have the courage that the Holy Spirit gives…
to be valiant soldiers of Christ the King,
to make his teaching prevail,
to reach hearts and proclaim to them
that one must have to defend God’s law” (Oscar Romero, The Violence of Love).
It seems like the orthodox faith is becoming more and more unpopular. The trend is toward ditching the doctrines that make us uncomfortable and are no longer politically correct.
I believe one day American Christianity will look nothing like the faith of the New Testament, and one day the American church will be unrecognizable as the body of Christ.
But there will always be a remnant who hold fast to the true faith. They will be the ones hated and slandered and reviled, just as Jesus promised they would be. Even some professing believers will call them names and brand them as heretics and apostates.
Jesus said that if the world hated Him enough to crucify Him, then it will hate His followers. If you profess to follow the Jesus who was despised and rejected by men, yet the world loves you, then you are seriously doing something wrong.
I know many of us (including me) have gotten so adept at blending into the culture that the world no longer sees a difference. When we speak of Jesus but live like agnostics, then we take His name in vain.
Maybe it’s time that we stop being American Christians and start being Christian Americans.
Jesus didn’t call His people to be relevant as much as He called them to be faithful. Maybe it’s time for His people to repent and seek His face again, preaching the whole gospel of sin, hell, repentance, forgiveness, and salvation.
“[I]f my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).