Being A Courageous Christian

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” - Revelation 3:15-16
 
 
In these frightening times, we need more courageous Christians. We need people brave enough to do what is right even when it is unpopular. We cannot afford to operate in fear; we need courage. We need people courageous enough to speak the truth, and nothing but the truth in love, knowing that it is the truth that sets us free.  
 
We need courageous people who are willing, in the words of August Wilson, to, “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.” This is so powerful. The only way that we can banish darkness is to shine a light on it. We must shine a light on the disparities and inequities that we see around us, and we cannot be lulled to sleep, believing that just because a problem is in someone else’s backyard that it does not affect us.
 
In the most difficult and trying of times, only people of courage and conviction will show up, stand up, and speak up. The world is in desperate need of Christians who will challenge broken systems and structures on the outside, while challenging the strongholds we struggle with on the inside.  
 
So many Christians are as Paul talks about in Revelation 3, “lukewarm.” God says He rather you be cold than lukewarm, because at least you have taken a stance. Do not be a lukewarm Christian, but instead be on fire for God and His justice. Whether we realize it or not, this world is in desperate need of courageous Christians ready to show up, stand up, and speak up. Commit to doing what God asks of you and be a courageous Christian today.
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