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You are my witnesses, the Lord tells Israel. You will be my witnesses, Jesus tells the apostles before His ascension. All Christians are witnesses, “martyrs” in the original sense of the word.
All Christians are also called to be “martyrs” in the more developed sense: We are all called to witness to Jesus by your life and words, no matter what the cost, no matter what the threat or danger.
Few - Martyrdom - Sense - Few - Danger
Few of us will suffer martyrdom in this developed sense. Few of us will be in physical danger because of our witness. It’s unlikely that any of us will die a martyr’s death.
But each of us has been baptized into the true witness, Jesus. Every Christian is called to follow Him, and the path is the path that leads to the cross. Every disciple is called to a life that may in the end lead to a literal cross.
Prospect - Vocation - Life - Sake - Jesus
We may face this prospect in our vocation: Are you ready to lose your vocational life for the sake of Jesus – lose a promotion, lose some income, perhaps lose your job because you have taken a courageous stand for Jesus?
You may face martyrdom in your family: Perhaps you will pay by being cast out of your family, losing your inheritance.
Talk - Martyrdom - Sense - America - System
Talk of martyrdom makes little sense in America. We think we have created a political system that eliminates the prospect of persecution and martyrdom, that permits everyone...
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