Feb 222015
 

Would I?Tonight, I watched the video or maybe I should say five minute movie of the 21 men who were slaughtered by ISIS. They proclaimed that they were spilling their blood in the very ocean that Bin Laden’s body was dumped in, among other things. The video was very much edited for impact and made some of Hollywood’s films look pathetic. However, this isn’t Hollywood. This is real life. Real men, slain right there, their heads cut off and placed on their backs, faces covered in sand. Dead because they believe in Christ, living because they lived for Jesus and have arrived safely in Heaven, their families broken-raw, the Christian community pulling together harder and faster than ever before.

These questions have come to my mind many times over the last few weeks’ months, since ISIS first launched their attack on Christians in the Middle-East.

 

Would I die for my faith?
Would I fall under the threat of physical death and convert to Islam?
Would I deny my God?


In my heart I believe I would die. I would accept my sentence and die physically knowing that Jesus would rescue me before I hit the other side; because, after all, I am already saved.

Yet, I watch this video and I can’t help but think “Why don’t they fight?” “Why do they lay down so easily knowing what is coming?” “Why don’t they just SAY they will switch to save their families the pain?”

And then, I know my human side is speaking. The side that is often led to the easier path by Satan and I know that the road less travelled isn’t always the easier road, but it is usually the high road and the high road must lead to God because Satan carries us down the low road and gives us low feelings and low self-worth and makes us deny our God to save our physical self while our soul cries out JESUS SAVE ME!

While churches come together around the nation and hopefully the world and watch the 3 minute video together about these men who died for Jesus, I can only pray that the people of our faith, the “people of the cross”, will hold hands, stand strong, pull together in numbers larger than ever before, ask themselves these same questions and conclude that to die by the sword physically is better than to allow our souls to die so that we can live another day.

I can pray that we all pray for peace in the hearts of the families left behind, that their faith does not waiver and only becomes stronger in the face of a religious war, a Jihad that shouldn’t be happening by radicals who probably don’t even know that the Quran uses the word “Jesus” more times than our Bible does. I can pray for these executioners because 21 men were killed by 21 men who are still physically alive and those men need to find peace with Jesus too. They need to be restored in faith, they need to drop to their knees and beg His forgiveness and do what they can do make things right. They have souls and those souls are led so far away from God or Allah or whoever they claim to worship that the only one they are following is Satan himself.

Islam isn’t about war or fighting. Islam is like Christianity, wanting peace. They don’t have “Heaven” they have different levels of “Paradise” and while the Quran and the Bible read much the same the radicals have read it completely differently and they are causing pain in the footsteps of all things evil when they could be spreading love and all things good and right.

Who would want to convert to a faith where the people in the limelight are spreading anger, rage, murder and hate?

My eyes pour tears that can’t be controlled and my head and my heart cry out to the Lord “Please Lord, save us all”.

And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.
~Isaiah 19:20~

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  2 Responses to “21 Martyrs”

  1. God, I hate these terrorists with a passion.

    • I don’t hate them. I hate what they are doing. I hate that they haven’t found Jesus but I don’t hate them. Jesus tells us to love one another so we must live in love and share our love even to those who don’t seem to deserve it because God said so. I pray that these people will turn to Jesus and find unconditional love and eternal peace.

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