Friday, July 14, 2006

Denying Christ to fit in

There are countless stories of martyrs who would not deny that they were "Christians," followers of Jesus Christ, whose lives were taken because of it.

Now a pastor in Ohio has "called 'moderate' church leaders together to counter the conservative presence in American politics -- and convince mainstream voters that Christians care about more than banning gay marriage and abortion and restoring school prayer."

He said, "At our opening meeting, pastor after pastor said they have members ... who won't even tell people they are Christian any more, because Christian is such a dirty word."

Just ask the martyrs: Christian has always been a dirty word.

Jesus said, "Those who are ashamed of me and of mine in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

Even if we disagree with other Christians, we should never be ashamed to bear the name of Christ -- especially to those who have never had a relationship with him.

Here's the whole article.

LISTENING TO: The hymn, Onward, Christian Soldiers


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