Christian Cowardice v. Courage

Courage is knowing full well that doing the righteous thing will cost us, but doing it anyway because we know it is what Christ would do. Courage is the first and most important of all attributes. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because virtue through the Holy Spirit produces all other Christ like attributes. Among them are righteousness, compassion, perseverance, wisdom, tenacity, and self-control proven by Godly action.[i] Christ was the very definition of courage because everything He did took courage. However, when Christ was being persecuted, “…no one had the courage to speak out for him in public for fear of reprisals from the Jewish leaders.”[ii] Christ said, “But the cowardly[iii] …and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Many Christians today misguidedly think exhibiting love is similar to courage. They seem to think if they feel love for others that does it. Christ’s love is more than a feeling, it is righteous deeds of courage. The best example I know is the Good Samaritan, he exerted courageous action when he had compassion for the wounded abused man. On the other hand, the Priest and the Levite could have felt compassion for the man, but without righteous action their love is worthless. The Priest and Levite are now under judgement of Christ.

Many Christians do not have courage because they have been taught wrongly to self-condemn themselves for being intolerant of unbelievers. Instead they need to have the courage to expose evil just like Christ.[iv] Sadly, tolerance is Satan’s invention to make us consent to condone others sin. It has the effect of self-justifying inaction under the guise of acceptance. All tolerance of evil is selling Christ out. Christians do not tolerate sin, we speak the power of God into it by witnessing Christ’s truth to the point of martyrdom![v] Christians do the righteous thing, we speak biblical truth into the face of evil. We do selfless acts that show the love of Christ, and knowing it might cost us time, friendships, reputation, family members, or even our life we commit to emulate Christ’s courage.

Everyone can do small acts of great courage. The good news is we don’t have to be under military fire in a faraway land to show courage. We have the opportunity every single day, in every aspect of our lives, to demonstrate Christ’s courage. And the great news is we don’t even have to train to exercise great courage.  The God who made us gave us the power[vi] and the self-control[vii] we need to expose evils. Paul in his second letter to Timothy wrote “for you were not given a spirit of fear…” Paul was exhorting Timothy to avoid cowardice, and have the courage to be Christ-like to stand against darkness and never compromise.

Some Christian shepherds have publicly become more fearful of offending unbelievers than having the courage to speak the will of God. This shows they suffer from a false reality and suppress the truth thinking they need to be tolerant of the world’s darkness. These shepherds, knowing and unknowing are false witnesses, and are playing into Satan’s hands. They refuse to stand and speak against the evil in the political square. The result is “…the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all …who suppress the truth in unrighteousness...”[viii] This gives Satan no resistance to win converts to eternal death.[ix]

We should all know when Christians are silent in the public square. They become the priest and the Levite. Not acting nor speaking is accepting the darkness of the shadow of death as the norm of life. Christians are supposed to emulate Christ. Jesus never said, “I’m worried about who will be offended.” Jesus never failed to speak the truth, even to the point of calling people hypocrites, and the Jewish hierarchy liars, and blind guides,[x] which are conmen. Verbally exposing darkness through speaking the word of God enables people who are lost the chance for eternal life. This is a Disciples mission in life. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but (spoken) mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…[xi]

If Christians continue to use the word politics to prevent you from speaking the truth of Christ into darkness, you may be a disciple of Satan. Who Christ will “…cast into the outer darkness”[xii] like the unprofitable servant who hid the gift, the grace and truth of Jesus the Christ.  Silence in face of evil, failing to speak the word of God into evil, is truly evil!

What are some courageous Godly things we can do today? In Acts it says, “…they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.”[xiii] Today, we must have the courage through Christ’s freedom and boldness to expose[xiv] the useless deeds of the political party who is emulating the antichrist. Jesus said, we need to be like “…the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly.”[xv]  Therefore, shrewdly teach the body of Christ how to put on the full armor of God so they can confront today’s spirit of the antichrist who is here.[xvi]

People with evil political world views are victimizing millions and they are lost in numbers more than the cornels of wheat. Christ said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”[xvii] Therefore, having the courage to speak what the world calls the offending absolute truth of Jesus in the public square is not worrying about being intolerant. Speaking the truth into evil is worrying more about who will be misled, deceived, and destroyed if they don’t hear Christ’s truth.  But it takes Courage!

[i] James 2:14-26

[ii] John 7:13

[iii] Revelation 21:8

[iv] Matthew 23 – the seven woes

[v] Acts 1:8

[vi] Acts 1:8

[vii] Galatians 5:23

[viii] Romans 1:18

[ix] 2 Corinthians 4:3

[x] Matthew 23

[xi] 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

[xii] Matthew 25:14-30

[xiii] Acts 4:31

[xiv] Ephesians 5:11

[xv] Luke 16:8

[xvi] 1 John 2:18

[xvii] Matthew 9:37