I’m certain that you have heard the following question before: “If you were being tried for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” I used to respond, “I sure hope so.” My response now is that not only would I be found guilty but also sentenced to death.
What got me thinking about this today is Peter. Initially, let’s all agree, that he was a coward. He denied Christ but then became the rock that Jesus needed him to be. Just like Christians in Peter’s day, Christians are being persecuted like crazy today. Some are being put to death. I used to take communion to the home bound after 7:30 am mass on Sundays. At one senior center we read the readings and gospels for the assigned Sunday. I was asked by the church to give a short reflection, NOT HOMILY. I always picked on me. One Sunday I spoke about persecution. This was a number of years ago before the secular society went berserk. I saw the signs, they were so obvious that anyone could have spoken about them, and reflected on how Christians’ persecutions would only get worse.
Fast forward to today. I know in my heart that if someone put a gun to my head and told me to deny Christ or live, my response would be, “Please kill me so that I may live.” Where I used to be shy and not as committed to being a follower of Christ (aka merely Christian) I proudly proclaim that I am a Christ follower.
To seek salvation, it’s just the way it has to be. There are no shortcuts.