Ten Reasons You Kill Christians

sunset-50494_640In the past several days, reports from Belgium, Nigeria, and Pakistan of suicide bombers targeting Christians have seemingly rolled in like waves. One month ago, four Wycliffe translators were martyred in the Mid-East and a kidnapped Catholic priest was crucified in Yemen over the weekend. I believe, with headlines destined to stir fear, it is upon the Body of Christ to foster courage in the ranks and a focus on the truth that our lives are now, as always, in the hands of the One we trust the most. It is for that reason, I share this post again, so you can share with others the word that neither evil nor ISIS nor any other mechanism of darkness on earth has the final word on this battle. The battle belongs to the Lord.

This is a message for those who persecute, torture, imprison, and kill Christians. We know why you’re killing us – do you?

Killing Christians is a practice as old as Christianity. Those who practice it do nothing more than imitate their predecessors. Predecessors who attempted but failed to snuff out the life of our faith in its infancy. The practice of persecution is hard for some to fathom but it’s actually an understandable act. In fact, I can think of at least ten reasons to kill a Christian:

  1. Because you can. That’s right. We serve a living God, the God of miracles, the resurrection God, the force of all life but we, His followers, are vulnerable. We die. Easily. When we die beneath your boot or with your hands around our throats, you feel powerful, strong, justified.You’re misinformed. Deluded, even. The only power you have is confined to this life. When we vanish from your sight, we enter the presence of the Living God. We trust Him with vengeance. Read Revelation 7. Our voices reach His throne every moment of every day.
  2. Our refusal to renounce our faith makes you doubt your own. We scare you. We know that. It’s frightening to be unable to force someone to join in your delusion. What scares you more is that others might join us, leaving you – weakening your position. You can’t let that happen. But, I’ll let you in on a secret: your plan to end our faith by killing us off backfires.
  3. One of us offended you. One of us behaved badly or explained plainly the fact that you, too, are a sinner in need of a Savior or that the god you worship is no God. It offended you, challenged your sense of self-righteousness. Since forgiveness isn’t in your wheelhouse, your only recourse is to lash out. But killing us won’t stop the offense of the cross. It will come back at you. This, I know.
  4. To win favor with your god, your government, or your local dictator. Someone told you to kill a Christian and promised if you did, you’d be with the in-crowd, you’d belong, you’d fit in with those in power. They lie. The only One you need to be in with is the One we serve – Jesus Christ. Resist those who hand out orders to kill and destroy. You’re likely next on their list.
  5. To make the voices stop. We know about the voices. They’re persistent and demanding. Nothing makes them stop. You think your only choice is to obey them. I promise you the name of Jesus is more powerful than the voices. Rather than kill a believer, become one. It’s the only way to end your slavery to the voices. Call on the name of Jesus Christ and His will be the only voice you hear.
  6. Because our allegiance to Jesus comes before all others. That messes with your plans for world domination. That messes with your plans for household domination. That messes with your plans to rule your world. If we recognize a higher power, you can be overruled and we can’t be controlled. Destroying us is your only chance at security on the throne. Listen to me – your reign is a sham and your throne rests on shifting sand. Killing us is only a temporary stopgap to your imminent overthrow.
  7. Because we’ll forgive you. That’s right. Oppress us, arrest us, beat us, lock us away, kill us dead and we’ll still forgive you. Why? Because Jesus forgave his executioners – us. Our forgiveness will outlive you and your weapons. Our forgiveness will ring through heaven’s halls eternally and free us from you forever.
  8. To silence the truth. We are truth tellers, all of us. This is what we do. We tell the truth. You are a disciple of deception and when we speak, sword-1078968_640we are the yes to your no, the love to your hate, the alive to your dead. You think killing us will silence us – it won’t. It will multiply the delivery of our message as if your bullets burst our voices like milkweed pods sending seeds of His truth flying in the Wind.
  9. You love darkness and we bring the light, exposing your deeds. You cling to the shadows. You scurry from light like a cockroach. Every plot you hatch relies on total darkness to develop but Christians bring the light, foiling your schemes. Destroying us is your only hope of success. But ask yourself this, if your success relies on our destruction, what is the source of your power? The power to destroy pales beside the power to build, to construct, to create, to grow. That is the power of light. Life trumps death. Light triumphs over darkness. Haven’t you read the playbook? Light wins in the end.

And the primary reason you kill Christians?

  1. The power behind you uses you like a marionette in his futile attempt to steal us from God’s hand before he is destroyed forever, hoping to take you down with him. That’s right. You’re a puppet, a pawn. This, however, will be no protection when you are called to account by the final judge. The only hope you have is the hope the Christians are trying to get you to see – Jesus. Only He can save you on that day and He will if you turn to Him now and call on the name of Jesus.

Pray for believers persecuted and marked for martyrdom. Pray more for those who participate in their persecution, who orchestrate their deaths, these are truly the walking dead but they, too, can find eternal life through Jesus Christ no matter what offense they’ve committed against His name.

You may find one hundred reasons to kill Christians but here is truth: you don’t take our lives, we lay them down, in the name of Jesus Christ. We know, most assuredly, that He gives us life eternal, life unending, life to the full.

What’s waiting for you on the other side of the veil?

“We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.” Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God

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  1. Yvonne Davis says:

    Dear Beloved Sister-in-Christ Lori,

    Thank you for posting 10 Reasons You Kill Christians. It’s wonderful. I just posted on Facebook asking my family and friends to pray for ISIS and not to give into the hatred and bitterness that can come from horrible acts of terrorism against Christians and unbelievers as well.

    My perspective on this issue was greatly widened by reading Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand. I am glad these martyred Christians will get an extra crown in heaven and I pray their families and friends and those who come to know how they died and why, will find some comfort in knowing why we stand firm in our faith.

    Your article is well written and I am going to share it. People need to stay educated and of course, pray in the Spirit for all the saints.

  2. Jan says:

    My dearest Lori once again you have spoken in truth with utter boldness as Jesus himself taught us. Amen to your message 10 reasons to kill a Christian.
    I was inspired and greatly encouraged last November in Birmingham UK at an ‘Open Doors’ conference when we heard first hand from Christians from around the world tell their stories of heart wrenching pain at the hands of satans workmen. We heard of their tremendous courage and faith in the knowledge that their brothers and sisters in Christ from far afield stood alongside them with prayerful and practical support.
    What Joy it is to know that one day soon we will all be reunited in glory with our heavenly Saviour.
    We must pray without ceasing for our dear persecuted families and without question those who are the persecuters, after all Jesus loves them too, He lay down His life for each one of us regardless of who we are or what we have done.

    Praying for your health lovely Lori!

  3. I love this, Lori! My Mom used to tell me I should walk so close to Jesus that, when I get out of bed in the morning, Satan says, “Watch out, she’s up!” I want a faith that pushes all those who hate Christians to the edge of their patience.

    Those who attack and kill Christians are cowards – they are frightened by our faith. We are a threat to their beliefs, their security, and their world view. I pray for the courage to stand up to them and proclaim the truth of Christ’s salvation.