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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Village of Light

We were at a baptism today, conducted early in the morning at a nearby lake. It was expected to be a fairly private affair, with only a few friends and family present, but about a dozen strangers were there, including one very old man styling in a three-piece suit and fedora with a cane and a waist-fob on his vest.

Afterwards, the old man commented, "magnificent, magnificent." And when I expressed my surprise at the presence of him and the others from the community who didn't know the individual being baptized, he gestured around us to indicate everyone present. "Ah, but we are the Village of Light," he said.

We will survive this present darkness. We know how the story ends.

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Blogger Mark Citadel June 28, 2015 12:36 PM  

Beautiful. Ever more important to the movement against the current order is the establishment of 'villages of light' in the empire of darkness.

Blogger Arborist (#0232) June 28, 2015 12:36 PM  

A beautiful moment. Thank you Vox for sharing this with us.

Anonymous Pax Romana June 28, 2015 12:48 PM  

"We are the village of Light." This is probably one of the more poetic and beautiful descriptions of the Church I've ever heard. Also, congratulations to your recently baptized friend (or family member) who has now joined said village.

Blogger David-093 June 28, 2015 12:51 PM  

And the darkness comprehendeth it not.

Anonymous Book_Girl June 28, 2015 1:01 PM  

"We are the village of light."

And the gates of Hell shall not prevail against us.

Blogger Mad Dok Rob June 28, 2015 1:01 PM  

Little vignettes like this give me hope for my little children in the darkness that is the U.S.

Anonymous Steve Brown VFM#0273 June 28, 2015 1:15 PM  

Bravo!

Anonymous boonewaxwell June 28, 2015 1:15 PM  

Just a data point:
This morning at early service, our preacher declared that no participation from him in any services or events that were contrary to scripture. I would love to hear others weigh in.
-B

Anonymous jm June 28, 2015 1:17 PM  

Like a draught of good wine.

Anonymous TLM June 28, 2015 1:17 PM  

Weeks like this remind me America remains a great and Gusing nation.

Anonymous Donn #0114 June 28, 2015 1:21 PM  

We're going to win but we will be sorely tried before the end. And every moment like this is a victory.

This is also why the Enemy and his slaves are going to lose. They have no idea why something as simple as this could bring a tear to our eyes and joy to our heart.

Blogger bob k. mando June 28, 2015 1:29 PM  

10. TLM June 28, 2015 1:17 PM
and Gusing nation.



wut is this, i don't even ...

Anonymous Tar Heel (VFM#0245) June 28, 2015 1:29 PM  

Amen and amen. Hallelujah!

Such grand news, and the exact attitude we should embody. We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Blogger David-093 June 28, 2015 1:32 PM  

"wut is this, i don't even ..."

Wow just wow

Blogger JDC June 28, 2015 1:38 PM  

We Are A Village of Light...

Poetic and beautifully stated. The light shines in the darkness...

Blogger LP 999/Eliza June 28, 2015 1:41 PM  

Awesome, these are the meaningful moments of life as time pulls us forward.

What is done in the dark shall come into the light, let us let the Lord carry us, we do not carry our faith, He carries us.

Let us choose the light in a dark world of dire problems.

In dire matters there is still the light of baptisms, births, marriages and other goodness.

Goodness that does not require money; our senses to see and hear the Lord is good, He will never let his own down.

Anonymous Wyrd June 28, 2015 1:41 PM  

Dear Lord Christ,

Save us from our lunacy!

Amen!

Blogger AmyJ June 28, 2015 1:45 PM  

Beautiful. We're baptized into a Family that is waiting with open arms.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat June 28, 2015 1:46 PM  

How great a miracle is the baptism of a new believer. The Enemy fights it with all his might, and then works to undermine it (as if he could) for the rest of the believer's life. I am amazed and blessed by every baptism I have the good fortune to watch.

Anonymous Wilton June 28, 2015 1:47 PM  

Dear Lord,
Thank you for guiding our Supreme Court to its righteous decisions. Amen!

Anonymous Ain June 28, 2015 1:49 PM  

boonewaxwell: Just a data point: This morning at early service, our preacher declared that no participation from him in any services or events that were contrary to scripture. I would love to hear others weigh in.

He shouldn't. Nor should we. It's a stand every Christian should take. Given the timing, it's almost certainly in reference to the rainbow perverts. I'm highly irritated by the number of "Christians" I've been seeing on fb with rainbow pictures.

Anonymous Wyrd June 28, 2015 1:51 PM  

The Enemy fights it with all his might

Indeed, Brother, indeed. He is the Prince of Lies.

Blessed be you and your family in Christ's name.

Blogger Michael Maier June 28, 2015 1:53 PM  

"This is also why the Enemy and his slaves are going to lose. They have no idea why something as simple as this could bring a tear to our eyes and joy to our heart."

Exactly. Reading this gave me a joy that made me want to cry for a moment.

"Village of light" Simply excellent.

Amen.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer June 28, 2015 2:05 PM  

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path

Blogger Josh June 28, 2015 2:07 PM  

This morning at early service, our preacher declared that no participation from him in any services or events that were contrary to scripture. I would love to hear others weigh in.
-B


Our pastor this morning: "God's definition of marriage hasn't changed and neither will ours."

Blogger James Dixon June 28, 2015 2:10 PM  

Congratulations to the new member.

Blogger #0006 Hammer June 28, 2015 2:12 PM  

Amen Vox

Anonymous PA June 28, 2015 2:20 PM  

Question for Vix and Ilk. If someone were made saying around with graphics, what would be your ideas for a visual/image that would go with the statement "We will survive this present darkness. We know how the story ends."?

Anonymous Discard June 28, 2015 2:21 PM  

I quit my church last night. I could not bear to hear the gloating I knew would come today. These deluded people are so proud of their supposed decency, and as narrow as any caricature of a small-town Presbyterian bluenose.

Downward Xian wienies
Down on to your knees
Trying to suck up to
Those you can not please

Going to look up a new church right now.

Anonymous AlteredFate #92 June 28, 2015 2:24 PM  

@Wilton

The true God only hears prayers that are in line with His will...you ignorant heathen.

Blogger macengr June 28, 2015 2:31 PM  

Hebrews 13:2
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."

Anonymous Whitey McWhite June 28, 2015 2:35 PM  

Discard: "Going to look up a new church right now."

Good hunting.

Blogger jaericho (#107) June 28, 2015 2:42 PM  

All of this is from the fact that our sinful nature doesn't want to hear the Gospel. This is a time for us to make the Gospel be heard. We must preaching the Word of God in all things.

Anonymous LES June 28, 2015 2:44 PM  

Our pastor preaches series messages on books of the Bible. Although he couldn't have planned it, it was not a coincidence that this was his text today:

1 Peter 4:12-19

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now

“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

Blogger Michael Maier June 28, 2015 2:46 PM  

Discard June 28, 2015 2:21 PM
I quit my church last night.


Good for you. I hope you tell them why in some manner.

OpenID dalrock June 28, 2015 2:51 PM  

Beautiful

Blogger Raggededge #0057 June 28, 2015 2:56 PM  

Read Psalm 2, like Vox said, we know how this ends.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit June 28, 2015 3:00 PM  

wut is this, i don't even ...
Nonsense-ophobe! They are clearly trans-grammar and trans-spelling. Check your "making sense" privilege shitlord!

Blogger Russell (106) June 28, 2015 3:11 PM  

@Discard

Praying for you. Good luck.

Anonymous Rusty Fife June 28, 2015 3:12 PM  

We have a Pastor that does a brief introduction and welcome before the teaching begins. There was a lot of "love" and sugar to go with his bitter medicine that the elders would follow the Bible and not the law.

What was more interesting was the single, 20-ish year old, resting gay face guy who quietly left shortly afterwards.

I wouldn't be surprised if every church had a spy in attendance this weekend.

Blogger Mad Dok Rob June 28, 2015 3:15 PM  

Our priest basically echoed the Council of Catholic Bishops (who knew it was this decision that finally forced them to grow a spine). Reiterating that every one has value and is wothry of dignity, but as Catholics we believe marriage is between one man and woman. He did mention he is worried about Christians being persecuted over this.

I guess the silver lining is Christianity always does very well under persecution. I do not worry about myself, but I pray that the foundation that I am instilling in my 3 young daughters will be enough so they will have the backbone to stand against the world.

Anonymous Susan June 28, 2015 3:16 PM  

#29 and anyone else who is looking for a new church home,

A lot of community churches now have audio libraries of their sermons on their websites. It is a great way to test them and see if they are compatible with your beliefs. I did that and now have two good churches to attend.

This was such a great post Vox. Thank you for it.

Blogger Bobo #117 June 28, 2015 3:22 PM  

I love old men like that one.

Anonymous JRL June 28, 2015 3:41 PM  

I would love to hear others weigh in.

Our pastor simply reiterated what the Church's teaching has always been on the subject and that Scripture is not superseded by man's law. The Church is the Church and she is accountable only to God. Our "response" is simply to live as we were always supposed to: in joy, thanksgiving and unceasing prayer.

The sermon helped me see more clearly pride and anger that was in my own attitude and of that I repent.

Anonymous MrGreenMan June 28, 2015 3:51 PM  

@Rusty Fife

"I wouldn't be surprised if every church had a spy in attendance this weekend."

This is where the ushers doing their full job description helps:

When you walk up, tell the person your name, ask their name, say how glad you are to meet them this morning, say you haven't seen him before, and ask if he is a visitor, and, if he says yes, hand him the greeting card to fill in with his contact information and tell him you'd love to invite him to the reception after service with the pastor - and he leaves - well, you've turned away somebody who came to just cause trouble. If he stays, you've done your duty to extend hospitality.

Anonymous Rusty Fife June 28, 2015 4:08 PM  

@MrGreenMan,

I'm not worried that the local chapter of the ALCU has our church correctly identified as a target on the side of God.

I merely found my suspicion of them doing this, interesting.

The guy didn't cause any trouble or fuss, he just left.

Anonymous Working Class Brit June 28, 2015 4:11 PM  

Is this in Italy or the United States?

Anonymous hausfrau June 28, 2015 4:23 PM  

Our new pastor didn't deal with the ruling in today's sermon. I asked him his thoughts about it briefly afterword and as I expected my church won't be facilitating any such "weddings". I found it interesting that he chose to speak on the importance of Christian community and building bonds with other Christians within the church and without. We can ride out adversity as a church but not so much as individuals.

Anonymous Wilton June 28, 2015 4:32 PM  

"The true God only hears prayers that are in line with His will...you ignorant heathen"

God has no such limits. His ability to hear us ask for His guidance is limitless. And that guidance has been on display in this last week's Supreme Court decisions and in the President's profoundly moving eulogy."

Blogger Caedryn - VFM #54 June 28, 2015 4:34 PM  

I was curious if anyone knew of decent churches in the Hamilton, Ohio area. I am compelled by a need to come back after many long years in the wilderness. If you do not know of any immediately, could I ask for some tools in making a decision before doing the leg work of sitting in on the masses?

Anonymous RedJack #22 June 28, 2015 4:35 PM  

We baptized 21 people this weekend. A huge amount for a LCMS urban church. Not all are sure about what we believe, but they love that we are making a stand.

A while back I made the statement on John Wrights blog that we need to grab our spear and man the wall. However, we are to do so joyfully. Our King has won. Though we may fall, the war is won.

People of the light indeed.

Blogger Edd Jobs June 28, 2015 4:39 PM  

And that guidance has been on display in this last week's Supreme Court decisions

Warnings can be guidance. "Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help."

Anonymous RedJack #22 June 28, 2015 4:41 PM  

Oh, and do not romanticize persecution. I have spoken to those who remained behind the Iron Curtain and were faithful. It was not a "happy" or "Joyful" time. It was a burning, purifying thing. Many of those have returned to their home countries now, because they saw what was coming here. A few have started to organize like that they did in the bad old days.

I worry for my children, but my oldest takes after me. She has chosen God, and her will is at least as strong as my is. My one year old also seems to have a strong stubborn streak. It runs in the family I guess, which is why I have few blood relatives left in Germany.

Anonymous Beau June 28, 2015 4:44 PM  

In the days of the Soviet Union baptism came with scrutiny from the government. Pastors would stand in rivers with the initiates standing on the banks waiting their turn to be lowered into and raised from the waters. KGB agents would take pictures of everyone present. One woman told me, "If I were baptized, I would lose my position at the university." Count the cost of discipleship. My early mentor, Daniel Poysti, an infamous Bible smuggler remarked, "If you want to make everyone Christians, put the Communists in charge." Fear not.

Anonymous Cryan Ryan June 28, 2015 5:04 PM  

Man that was awesome, Vox. Made my day!!

Anonymous Beau June 28, 2015 5:04 PM  

@ Wilton

You said, God has no such limits. His ability to hear us ask for His guidance is limitless. And that guidance has been on display in this last week's Supreme Court decisions and in the President's profoundly moving eulogy..

God said, If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer is an abomination.
Proverbs 28:9

God also said, The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

Your destruction is not asleep; and eulogies are offered for the dead.




Anonymous clk June 28, 2015 5:15 PM  

#49 ...I was curious if anyone knew of decent churches in the Hamilton, Ohio area. I am compelled by a need to come back after many long years in the wilderness.

Well 1.5 billion people and 2000+ years experience is a good starting place.

http://www.ohiocathconf.org

Blogger Caedryn - VFM #54 June 28, 2015 5:27 PM  

@ #57
I was actually unaware of that site CLK, I grew up catholic, but my home parish was consolidated, and I've lost touch with the community.

Thank you.

Anonymous clk June 28, 2015 5:46 PM  

"I was actually unaware of that site CLK, I grew up catholic, but my home parish was consolidated, and I've lost touch with the community."

As an FYI .. while I may be RCC (and thus acknowledge the RCC teaching of the truest path to Christ) ... I know many good Christian people of the Protestant faiths and I see clearly grace of God on them as well. In fact, in my own town... I am a bit envious of the close community that exists around some of the UCC churches around here .. very inviting, very friendly and close supportive communities ...

God provides many ways to salvation - it will be the condition of your soul and not the denomination you followed that you will eventually be judged on... IMHO...

Blogger rycamor June 28, 2015 6:00 PM  

"In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Blogger Caedryn - VFM #54 June 28, 2015 6:03 PM  

Agreed, I would prefer to remain in the magisterium of the church for a number of reasons, I wish not only to subordinate myself fully to the faith again, but also reconnect with the specific community that has given a great deal to me. I still volunteer in one of the high schools, but I always have the feeling of hypocrisy. I also began this long path back to Christ in the reading of Lewis, Tolkien, Chesterton and Wright, in that order chronologically. One day I shall get around to thanking them for it. If it was a denomination worthy of such clear thinkers as most of them and men I have admired from a young age such as Thomas Aquinas, it is a ship I can be comfortable lashing my raft to.

If there are any stand out churches of other denominations, I would obviously be open to them as well, but I understand my lack of love is due more to a willful rejection of submission than it could ever be attributed to a lack of reciprocation.

Anonymous Porky June 28, 2015 6:21 PM  

The church has been the 98 lb. weakling for too long.

Now the world is stacking some plates on the bar and turning off the ac in the gym.



Blogger LP 999/Eliza June 28, 2015 6:51 PM  

The problem with many churches is the lack of expository preaching of the word of God.

And Lord, save me from myself.

Anonymous Indebted to Jesus June 28, 2015 7:30 PM  

The village of light...

Entertaining Angels unawares perhaps? Perhaps those men were messengers of God.

Anonymous rubberducky June 28, 2015 7:44 PM  

That vignette is a great encouragement, Vox. Thanks.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge©2015 June 28, 2015 8:06 PM  

good news, thanks for sharing it.
Some day soon the very last one of those is going to get an extra big celebration immediately above us.

Blogger Thucydides June 28, 2015 8:07 PM  

A beautiful story. In time the many villages may grow into a City; and would that not be a sight to behold!

Anonymous Beau June 28, 2015 8:16 PM  

This morning Kathy said, "I'm not a believer, but I want to be." I replied, "As a mom, if you wanted to take your kid to Dairy Queen, if he asked you to go to Dairy Queen, what would you do?" She knew the answer immediately. Continuing, "Jesus stands at the door and knocks, will you open the door and let Him in?" With a few other instructions to ensure she understood the gospel, Kathy said she believed and asked Jesus into her heart.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat June 28, 2015 8:17 PM  

Entertaining Angels unawares perhaps? Perhaps those men were messengers of God.

I encountered an angel in the guise of an older lady at a church I visited in high school. Took a day or two to piece it together then, but I am as certain now as I was then that I was being given a message that day.

I believe that we stand on the cusp of a revival. The miracles are gearing up again, and the spiritual blessings are becoming more bountiful. The trouble always goes hand-in-hand; the enemy always fights the revival. He won't prevail.

It's our job to pray for revival, and to do what we can to start it via showing our faith.

Anonymous cheddarman June 28, 2015 8:35 PM  

Thanks for the encouragement in the Kingdom, Vox

Anonymous Godfrey June 28, 2015 8:43 PM  

Wayfaring Stranger

I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger
Traveling through this world of woe
There's no sickness, toil nor danger
In that fair land to which I go
I'm going there to see my father
I'm going there no more to roam
I'm just a-going over Jordan
I'm just a-going over home

I know dark clouds will hover o'er me
I know my path way is rough and steep
But golden fields lie out before me
Where weary eyes no more will weep
I'm going there to see my mother
She said she'd meet me when I come
I'm only going over Jordan
I'm only going over home

I'll soon be free, from every trial
This form shall rest beneath the sun
I'll drop the cross of self-denial
And enter in the home with God.

I'm going there to see my Saviour
I'm going home no more to roam
I'm just a-going over Jordan
I'm just a-going over home

Blogger James Dixon June 28, 2015 9:07 PM  

> I believe that we stand on the cusp of a revival.

We can hope. It's the one thing that could still save the country.

Anonymous redsash June 28, 2015 9:42 PM  

Wilton: A supreme court of men cannot make righteous what God has declared to be unrighteous; nor, can any amount of prayer change or revise the Word of God. Although prayer can change many things, the Word of God is not one of them.

What the world has witnessed from the supreme court is scripture being fulfilled. Men's hearts being hardened and the spirit of deception descending upon mankind as promised.

The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous. (Proverbs 15: 29)

VD thanks for the uplifting message. Just think, one day, the last soul to be baptized will come up out of the water and Gabriel's horn will blow. Can't wait but guess I'll have to.

Anonymous Giuseppe June 28, 2015 9:43 PM  

Godfrey,
That is the only song i know off by heart.
That and Dire straits's Brothers in Arms are my favourite songs.
I honestly don't know where in my ancestry I got the redneck streak from, but I clearly have one.

Anonymous clk June 28, 2015 9:48 PM  

"Agreed, I would prefer to remain in the magisterium of the church ...."

Then by all means do so and welcome...it is a rich faith with wonderful traditions.

Blogger Mathew Moravek June 28, 2015 10:08 PM  

I'm jealous.

Anonymous Wilton June 28, 2015 10:40 PM  

Redsash:

No. The court has done a righteous thing, recognizing the profound, universal truth that we are all the same men in Gods eyes, blessed equally and His grace is not dependant on who we love. God blessed the United States this week and did His work through the court, through the president and through all those who stood for equality under the law.

Blogger Hazim June 28, 2015 11:04 PM  

Troll is licking the windows again.

Anonymous Rod Freeman June 28, 2015 11:42 PM  

Vox, truly beautiful. I'm wondering how those people showed up... did they know in advance?

Blogger Brad Andrews June 29, 2015 12:33 AM  

Caedryn, I would say to find a church that focuses foremost on the Bible, but since you want to stay in the RCC (if I read you right), a more traditional one, even one with the Latin mass, might fit your needs better.

Praise God Beau! One life at a time.

I think focusing on transformations is more important than just aiming at getting hands raised.

Christians in the Church need to get past shooting others who see things a slight bit differently. Stay true in the essentials, which are very few in reality, allow others to find the truth their own way in all other areas. Focus on fighting the forces of hell and stop labeling Christians who really are walking things out the best they can with God's help as heretics or worse.

We must spread the Kingdom, but I do not believe we are going to see a societal shift Kentucky Packrat. I do pray we have a revival, but I think we are more like the last days of the Northern Kingdom than anything else. Everything seems so (relatively) prosperous, but we are on the edge.

A true revival may bring the contrast into even sharper view.

Blogger SciVo June 29, 2015 12:33 AM  

God blessed the United States this week and did His work through the court, through the president and through all those who stood for equality under the law.

Sure, Wilton. You keep on telling yourself that. In the meantime, none of the rest of us will be at all surprised at the escalation of coercion of Christian ministers and business owners, which was (of course) the real point of it all.

Why are you bothering to type words that will be quickly contradicted, and that no one will believe anyway?

Blogger Brad Andrews June 29, 2015 12:33 AM  

Good thing for the troll it is summer, not winter Hazim, at least it is in the US.

Anonymous redsash June 29, 2015 12:34 AM  

Wilton: "His grace is not dependent on who we love." This is profoundly wrong. His grace is always available, but only to the repentant sinner who loves Jesus and rejects sin. A willful prideful love of sin separates us from the love of God. If we love God, we keep His commandments.

Nor are we all the same in God's eyes. This is why there is a judgement. This is why there is a heaven and a hell.

Blogger ICG June 29, 2015 12:42 AM  

Great, uplifting thread, so I don't want to start a debate...I'll just add to this comment:

"How great a miracle is the baptism of a new believer"

by saying "....as well as the baptism of a new child of the covenant."

Blogger Caedryn - VFM #54 June 29, 2015 1:28 AM  

@ 80

Brad, I would love to find a church that does the Tridentine Latin Mass, but from my understanding the only one I know of is about 50 minutes without traffic, and there will be traffic. I ought to check it out at least once, but i would be very concerned about being able to make a faithful commitment without disturbing the more timely members.

Seriously, thank you both; I think I found one close that I am going to check out this week and pray I find what I'm looking for.

Anonymous Apollo June 29, 2015 3:53 AM  

A Google search for "Village of light" has this page as the top result.

A new phrase is coined, and its a rather nice one.

Blogger Rhology June 29, 2015 8:48 AM  

We know how the story ends.

Says the Open Theist.
#irony
#Freudianslip

Blogger Res Ipsa June 29, 2015 2:14 PM  

Amen

Blogger John Wright June 29, 2015 10:59 PM  

"I also began this long path back to Christ in the reading of Lewis, Tolkien, Chesterton and Wright, in that order chronologically. One day I shall get around to thanking them for it."

You are welcome, albeit to be mentioned in the same breath as giants is always humbling. I suppose it shows why the Good Lord always selects inadequate tools for his great designs, so that no one will even for a moment suspect that anyone other than the Holy Spirit, who at the dawn of time brooded on the deep to bring forth light, is the one who alone brings forth sight from blindness, new life from death, and turns mourning to gladness.

I cannot speak for Chesterton or Lewis, but my words did nothing: the Holy Ghost does all.

But I thank you for the honor of being mentioned in the same sentence with those authors whose writings softened my heart toward Christ, and pried open my own tightly shut eyes.

Blogger Markku June 30, 2015 7:51 AM  

Yes, persecution is indeed a double-edged sword. It ends up being very good for the Church as a whole, but on the other hand as to the INDIVIDUAL, this is Jesus's commandment:

Matthew 10:23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

There is an impulse to dig in your heels, stay where you are, and pretend to trust God to save you for your courage. But that's not what Jesus tells you to do. He tells you to flee if you can. Only if you can't, and therefore you haven't been deliberately disobedient, can you expect God's supernatural assistance.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat July 01, 2015 1:32 PM  

There is an impulse to dig in your heels, stay where you are, and pretend to trust God to save you for your courage. But that's not what Jesus tells you to do. He tells you to flee if you can. Only if you can't, and therefore you haven't been deliberately disobedient, can you expect God's supernatural assistance.

It's a little more complex than that. Paul was told in advance that he'd be imprisoned when he went to Jerusalem, but that it was God's will that he go to Jerusalem (and on to Rome). OTOH, Paul ran from several places and at least once was thrown on the trash heap, thought to be dead.

Sometimes we are called to be martyrs in a spot, sometimes we are called to face martyrdom but won't be made a martyr. Sometimes God is not finished with us, and we are supposed to "hit the road".

IMHO, the activity of the Holy Spirit and the advise of other godly believers will make these times very clear for us.

An easily found fictional example of a martyr (again IMHO) is Romney Wordsworth (The Obsolete Man, Twilight Zone). He didn't choose the trial, and generally tried to avoid it. Once there, though, he boldly reject's the State's atheism and crafts a marvelous counterdemonstration. (It pains me that such a Christian message came from an unbelieving man.)

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