Christians Should Be Courageous

“And He *said to them, “Why are you so cowardly, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.”  (Matthew 8:26 LSB)


Perhaps the most offensive word that can be spoken to a man is that he is cowardly. Inherent to men, at least it used to be, is the character of courage, valor, strength, honor, and dignity. To be a cowardly man is to be the lowest form of man. What makes us afraid? Certainly, there are things we should fear but we should not be fearful. This is particularly true in the realm of identifying ourselves with Jesus. Christians should be the truest representatives of the slogan ‘no fear.’ Not what we should be arrogant or haughty but that we should not be afraid of what men can do to us for identifying ourselves with Jesus. The worst they can do is kill our body which we as Christians know will be raised again from the dead to live with Christ forever, a new body, that never perishes and can never die. Man cannot harm us more than God can protect us and restore us. When we suffer from men we are rewarded by God for He too suffered unjustly at the hands of men. We fear too much. We fear losing market share. We fear losing prominence. We fear losing reputation. We should fear God. We should fear the judgement of God when He holds all men accountable for obedience to His mission for our lives, the Great Commission of making disciples of all people. Our culture reflects the cowardice of the Christian leader to identify publicly with Jesus insisting in his realm of authority that the ways of God are honored and acknowledged. Compromise and capitulation have characterized too much of the Christian man these past many years resulting in homes, government, education and the marketplace becoming increasingly ungodly. The man of God is courageous, showing His courage by living and speaking as Jesus did regardless of the response of men.

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