The question of ‘What kind of Christian would I be’ came to my mind the other night when I was praying and the Christians of other nations came to mind.
One only has to read the newspapers or watch the evening news, or documentaries on television to know how Christians suffer for their faith in countries where if not illegal, it is nevertheless dangerous to be known as such. You read or see where a church full of worshipers is entered and all within range are shot. It doesn’t matter if it is a man, woman or child; they are simply killed for no other reason than believing in Jesus.
I then began to wonder how would my faith stand up to such as is done to these Christians. Perhaps I think, if it was just me that would be laying their life on the line, then I could stand firm. My thoughts went further into wondering what I would do if my children were taken away from me or even killed. How strong would I be then?
Many that profess their faith, are disowned by their families and that is bad enough, but the extreme that some suffer they are tortured not only for their belief, but in order to find out from them who else they know who are also believers.
There was a man who spoke in our community who went through unspeakable torture and but for the grace of God he would and should have been killed. He endured the torture, and when he would not give any names he was advised that dogs would be brought in the next day to tear him apart.
This man spent the night in prayer, and when the morning came three vicious dogs were brought into his cell. The guards however were dumfounded when they would not attack the man. So they assumed something was wrong with these dogs and brought in three different ones the next day. Again the dogs refused to do what they were trained to do and in fact one of them went up to the man’s face and licked it. There was much more to his story but suffice to say he escaped again because of miracles that happened. This reminded me of Daniel in the Lions Den that refused to attack him.
I know that there are those in our Western civilization that undergo harassment and perhaps worse for their faith in Jesus Christ, but my mind was led to those extreme situations that exist especially in non-Christian countries.
So what kind of Christian would I be under threat of my life or worse? I will suppose that I will not know for sure as I will likely never be tested to that degree. Only God knows.