You’ve heard it.
How must the Christian view this?
What’s the take-away?
I remind you of the words of Christ in Matthew 10:22:
“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”
Yes, we will be hated and persecuted and murdered. But the verse continues with the admonition to be faithful. Endure to the end. Don’t give up!
Matthew 24 and 25 talk much of Christ’s return. Whether we have been given great abilities or numerous opportunities, we are simply commanded to be faithful.
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Luke 16:10-13
“It is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.” I Corinthians 4:2
Don’t give in to the distractions of this life. Don’t worship self! Serve God faithfully!
Matthew 25 then gives us a glimpse into the future where the faithful ones will be surprised to find out their simple sacrifices meant so much to their Lord.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:34-46
We may never be condemned to death by our government because we believe in Christ. But will you be faithful regardless?
Editorial Note: The Sudan utilizes the Islamic court system known as Sharia Law. The penalties this woman was sentenced with (100 lashes for marrying a Christian man, and death for not denying Christ) is grounded in Sharia Law. Sharia Law has wormed its way into nations too numerous to list . . . and they’re trying to do the same thing in America.