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.
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.