Easter Faith Is the Only Basis for Christian Heroism

If you don’t have Easter faith — real belief in the resurrection — you won’t be willing to give your life.

If the message you heard in Church on Easter Sunday could not be delivered to the families of those who died for following Jesus in Kenya this week—if it’s some kind of humanist rah-rah triumphalism focused on how God wants you happy and rich in this life—you might have been better off to just stand up, walk away fast, and never go back.

The Christian Post reported, “‘If You Were a Christian, You Were Shot on the Spot;’ Christians Suffered Brunt of Terror Attack at Kenya’s Garissa University.”

Nearly 150 people are now dead after four members of the terror group Al-Shabaab launched a brutal attack at Garissa University College in Kenya Thursday and Christians suffered the brunt of their fury.

“If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot,” Collins Wetangula, the vice chairman of the student union, noted in a FOX report.

He said when the gunmen arrived at his dormitory he heard them opening doors and asking people cowering for their lives if they were Christian or Muslim.

“With each blast of the gun I thought I was going to die,” he said.

Joel Ayora, who witnessed the attack on the campus, noted in a CNN report that the gunmen crashed a Christian service at the college and took hostages. They then “proceeded to the hostels, shooting anybody they came across except their fellows, the Muslims.”

“We were sleeping when we heard a loud explosion that was followed by gunshots and everyone started running for safety,” student Japhet Mwala told AFP. “There are those who were not able to leave the hostels where the gunmen headed and started firing. I am lucky to be alive because I jumped through the fence with other students.”

Ponder this question: If a Muslim terrorist enters my world, and begins asking everyone around me “Are you a Christian?”—putting a bullet in the head of those who answer “yes”—will what I believe give me the courage to profess Christ, and ask the Father to forgive the one pulling the trigger?

[See also, “While the West Declines Middle-Eastern Christians Stand.”]

Jesus is risen, and alive. The Spirit pours steel in the backbone. The Father’s great love empowers us to love those who hate and kill us. I pray those things are yours in increasing measure. I pray you know—or will come to know–that kind of love, forgiveness, and courage.