Courage In The Face Of Good Vs.
The idea of good vs. evil, a conflict that touches every life, is
chilling. We all want to be immune from attacks by evil and darkness. We
do not like the idea of cancer, stroke, heart attacks, or threats to our
comfort and safety in any way, shape, or form. We all want to live in a
safe place where we do not live under attack. We do not want to be
attacked by terrorists. We do not want to be attacked by drug addicts
looking for money. We do not want to be robbed, beaten, raped, or
murdered. What is the reality? You know the reality. No one in the U.S.
can deny the reality now. Before 9-11 many could deny the reality of
life but not now. Most of us, even after 9-11 want to live in denial. We
try to tell ourselves everything is fine. We try to tell ourselves
everything is OK. However, no matter what we tell ourselves, the reality
of life is such that we do not live in a safe world. Our lives are
always under threat of death. People die every day from traffic
accidents. We are always under the threat of death even if we do not
want to see these threats or admit they are real.
We all want a safe world. However, we will have to wait until Jesus
returns to actually have a safe world. If Jesus does not return before
we die, we will have to die to inherit a safe world in Heaven. If anyone
should have been immune from attack by evil, it should have been Christ.
However, at the event of His birth, terrorism exploded into the
slaughter of innocent babies. In His adulthood, Christ died a horrendous
death on the Cross after being tortured nearly unto death. His death on
the Cross was an act of evil perpetrated against Him although He was
innocent of any sin.
Yes, we all want a comfy and cozy world. What is the reality? The
reality is that our Christian faith is a faith that exists because
martyrs went to their death because of our faith. As this is written,
Muslim terrorists are targeting Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
In truth, all of us will die. A force that attacks us in the middle
years of our life begins to age us. A few years later, if we are lucky
to live into feeble old age, we die. I say, "if we are lucky,"
not meaning to be funny, but we usually consider death in a person's
youth a greater tragedy than death in old age. Nevertheless, death at
any age is still a tragedy. However, by His example, with Christ, what
is a certain tragedy (death) can be turned into glory (eternal life).
In all this darkness, there is hope. In all this pain and suffering,
there is a promise. In this world, we have trouble, but if we accept
Christ, we can see over the horizon to a land of eternal peace, joy, and
comfort…through Christ, we have overcome the world.
We may be afraid for our physical safety but we have no reason to be
afraid for our souls because we have Christ. We have no reason to fear
Christ for it is He who is the embodiment of all love and it is He who
stands at the gates of Heaven with arms open wide ready to welcome us.
As a relatively new Christian, most people enter the Christian faith
thinking the Christian faith and Christ's death on the Cross is about
them. We call Christ our personal savior, which He is. As people grow in
the faith and mature, they grow and learn that to be a Christian means
we are to be selfless not selfish. The more selfless we become the less
afraid we become. The more selfless we become the more willing we become
to sacrifice our all, even our physical life, for Christ and the
Christian cause on earth.
John 16:33"I have told you these things, so that in me you may
have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have
overcome the world." (NIV)
As we mature in the faith, we learn that we cannot have our own way,
but instead we are willing to go Christ's way. Before we accept Christ,
we carry an arrogance that, after salvation, turns into true humility.
When we have taken on Christ's humility, we care not so much about what
makes us feel safe or comfortable, but are more concerned about doing
Christ's will. As we grow in Christ, we are willing to do anything for
Christ, even sacrificing our life for Him.