Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. (Luke 12:51)
Read: Deuteronomy 32:28-52, Luke 12:35-59, Psalm 78:56-64, Proverbs 12:24
Relate: One of the friendliest guys I have met recently is a man I am going to call Joe. Joe is a Muslim but the way IS is acting almost makes him want to be an atheist. He says that what they are doing comes more from the hadiths (the traditions of what Mohammed said that grew up mostly two centuries after his death). This conversation mostly sprang up after he heard that I got a degree in Bible. Joe started asking me questions about what Christians thought about Isa (Jesus). Mostly I let him lead the conversation and just answered as I could, but when the conversation started moving off in a different direction I turned and asked “Joe” a question of my own. “What would happen if you decided to become a Christian.” Joe just shook his head, laughed a nervous laugh, and said, “That would not be good. That would not be good at all.”
React: Joe is from a culture and a family where becoming a Christian would not just be assenting to a set of beliefs or a certain doctrine. A best case scenario would most likely include him losing his job and his home. His wife would probably divorce him immediately. I don’t know if he has kids but if he does, he would likely never see them again. His father would disown him and many of his friends would do the same. For him, and the millions like him, becoming a Christian is about far more than just not baking a cake. Following Jesus means facing the sword. What they face makes the division caused over some silly Indiana law look like childs play.
God, I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been raised in a godly home. I am so thankful that my following You has been a source of pride and of joy for my parents and family. I cannot imagine the conflict inside those who feel Your Spirit’s leading in their life but know that following You would bring division among those that they love dearest. I pray that You would give them the courage to step into the light no matter what chaos and conflict might follow. Help them, help us all, to surrender everything to You.