For the past five years, Elaine and Don have greatly suffered as the result of a drunk driver plowing into my sister’s van leaving her a quadriplegic. That kind of suffering has caused enormous physical, emotional and relational pain for my sister with the latter two struggles engulfing those of us closest to her. As believers we have had to forgive yet harshly endure the consequences of a young man’s personal misdeeds. Perhaps all the suffering experienced here has prepared us for a different yet encroaching pain-appointed time.
Today’s headlines about a Kentucky county court clerk, Kim Davis, being sent to jail for her faith usher in another painful reality. Christian persecution has fully arrived in America. When a person of faith is jailed for her personal faith convictions even on the job, believers know that Christian persecution has been fully implemented by our society. Christian persecution has been somewhat subtle for years in America with many of us believing it would never occur here. Well, today it is here. How we will respond?
Being troubled over those events in the night, Yahweh brought a specific verse to my mind: “The just shall live by faith.” (See Romans 1:16-17) In the midst of being ostracized, abused and killed, saints of the past met their fate through ‘standing their ground’ faith. Yes, as believers in Yeshua it has been promised that the true remnant will suffer. Now that the specific promise has become reality here in America, we must ask how do we live? We must live by adapting a vibrant, prayerful, testifying faith as exemplified by Yeshua and His followers.
Now is the time for true believers regardless of family tragedy, financial loss and relational strain to decide this day in whom, indeed, they will serve. This stark wakeup call by the imprisonment of a believer for her faith resounds across this nation. Decide this day whom you will serve: Yahweh or man.
I choose Yahweh!