“Blessed are you when men hate you, and exclude you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. “Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For their fathers were doing the same things to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full. Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and cry. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers were doing the same things to the false prophets.” Luke 6:22-26 LSB https://bible.com/bible/3345/luk.6.22-26.LSB
The American Christian is in a tough place today, perhaps more so than in any other time in our history. What was once a nation of mostly Christians, at least people who adhered to the moral teachings of the Christian Bible, has now become a nation whose god is themselves, their appetites, their pleasures and personal pursuits to their utter demise. The current American Christian stands at a crossroads, a choice between life and death, between identifying publicly with Jesus or remaining silent and being accepted by society. All of us in this country are among the rich, comfortable, well fed, having days of laughter, and men speaking well of us. The group Jesus warns will most likely not dwell in eternal places with Him when He judges each of us by His standard described by His teaching recorded in His word. While the American Christian is in this camp, they can choose to publicly identify with Jesus incurring the condemnation of our current society. Jesus and Christianity are currently maligned as racist, homophobic, oppressive, and thus unwanted in the mainstream of ideas and lifestyle. God calls His people His witness, His ambassadors, for making Him known in the world. Therefore the American Christian who would receive life eternal with God in Christ must identify with Jesus by speaking of His ways, convincing the world of His goodness, His love, and His truth. The American Christian must show God’s unconditional love for all while insisting that all who come before Him must repent from their godless ways and turn toward obedience to everything Jesus has commanded us. The American Christian is at a crossroads between life and death, we must choose to live and love like Jesus if we will live forever with Jesus.