Walter Hoye

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No Longer An Academic Exercise

In Abortion on May 11, 2009 at 4:47 am

Persecution is no longer simply something we read about in our Bible studies. It is no longer simply an academic exercise. Everyday in America Christians are being persecuted for their faith.

The risks facing Christians today mirror both the risks facing the child in the womb of a mother in the grips of an unplanned pregnancy and the life or death stakes of an unrepentant nation facing the judgment of a Holy God. The demands are high. The risks are high. The stakes are high.

So Where Do We Go From Here?

Here are my thoughts regarding the cost of discipleship and the future of Christian leadership.

1. We must understand our moral responsibility to do good.

The extent to which you have the ability to take action is the extent to which you have a moral responsibility to take action. (Acts 21:13; James 4:17)

2. We must value our relationship with heaven more than our relationship with the world.

The extent to which you are friends with the world is the extent to which you have been compromised by the world. (Acts 21:14; 1st John 2:15-17)

3. We must be willing to give up our “right” to ourselves.

The extent to which you are willing to suffer for Christ’s sake is the extent to which you are willing to serve God. (Acts 9:16; 21:15; 2nd Corinthians 4:11; 12:10)

It is not a matter of whether there will or will not be a price. Nor is it a question of how high the price is or will be. Today, when it comes to taking a public stand for God, it will always be a matter of one’s willingness to pay the price.

To move forward Christian leadership must now do more than preach about the cost of discipleship. Today Christian leadership must lead by paying the price of discipleship.