Much news being reported about the attack on Christians, which is supposed to mean believers in Christ who are Christ-Like.
First let me state that the term Christian was not given by God, but by the people in Antioch who saw the works of the Apostles, and in their observations bear witness that their (the Apostles) actions were exactly as Jesus (see Acts 11:26).
Yet today, if we were truly to examine the actions of many who say they are Christians, they would not be Christians at all, and in fact to be called a Christian meant death.
In order to be considered a Christian, one must by definition be filled with the Holy Ghost (Spirit), having repented of and forsaken sin, and live their life according to the standard of Jesus Christ. In other words, they must live as Jesus lived.
Not only live as Jesus lived, but also do what Jesus did minus dying on the cross. Understanding that Jesus has given us power over all the works of the enemy (Satan) to defend the Gospel.
When the US military goes on assignment to defend the United States, or other territories, they do so with the understanding that they may loose their lives in the process. It is understood that going to war may mean some of them will not return to their families, but they are willing to lose their lives for the defense of America.
In so-called-Christiandom here in America, many take issues with even being lied on, talked about, or persecuted in any manner and yet will proudly proclaim themselves Christian. Yet the Apostles understood in their day that even naming the name of Jesus could pontentionally get them killed, and they were proud to die for the name, in the name of their God refusing deliverance for the glory their death would bring to Jesus (see Hebrews 11:35).
Christians (who should be called Saints according to scripture) continue to complain about the simplest things and want to be called faithful, but touch their flesh and their fighting, cussing, and arguing to prove how bad they are.
It is important to note here that not all Saints do this, but because the majority does, we are often relegated to speaking about it in order to help inform them of a different option: Obey God.
We cannot defend the Gospel and yet fear everything that takes place in this world because of the Gospel.
We are commanded to contend for the Gospel once delivered to the saints (see Jude 1:3). Not against one another, but to those who would oppose the Gospel. This means that we should prepare ourselves to be confronted, criticized, ostracized, and belittled for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Remember what Jesus said: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35.