A challenge to not be silenced,
“About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword.” (Acts 12:1-2)
A martyr, like James, doesn’t back down. When he preached: some people mocked him, once he was imprisoned, threatened and even beaten. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop him; he just kept on preaching to whoever would listen. James did what so many Christians are often afraid to do; boldly tell others about Christ, no matter the consequences. We live in a world that is increasingly hostile toward the Faith, but we can’t let that stop us. More than ever, the church needs people who will enthusiastically say, “No matter what, I’m going to share Jesus because He is the only way, the only truth, the only life that can save souls!” Sure, you will be mocked, threatened and perhaps in some places imprisoned. But, as witnesses for Christ, we can’t allow ourselves to be silenced! Too much is at stake.
This week’s theme: The Message of the Martyrs