Hi Readers! David here. Welcome to the next in my Special Forces Christians Series, “How Would You Respond to Torture?”
In my last Special Forces post, “All That Baggage,” I walked us through how to take care of all our past baggage that we like to carry around with us. But Christ has taken care of it, if we let Him!
Whether you’re running covert operations for Voice Of the Martyrs, responding to a disaster with Samaritan’s Purse, or delivering Bibles with Vision Beyond Borders, the chances are increasing nowadays that you may experience persecution, arrest, or maybe even torture for Christ.
1. Your will Must be Broken
The objective of any torturer is to break your will, to bring you to submission. It’s a psychological battle of wills.
There are various tactics used on Christians to try to break their will. Some are strictly physical and brief, though potentially maiming. Some are emotional, wherein you could be tested over time through incarceration where hope may fade. And other torture combines both physical and emotional methods.
In a society where pain of any kind is quickly met by a pill, how would I respond to torture? Would I keep my eyes on Jesus Christ, or would I break? Would I reject Christ to save myself from physical or emotional trauma? If so, who is my Savior then?
2. Your Hope Must Be Defeated
Torture victims focus on something greater than themselves, and more powerful than their tormentors. A POW may yearn for rescue by his beloved country, or dwell on transcendent love from his family.
Many suicide-prone people say they reach that terrible state of mind when they can see no hope for the future. This is the state of mind that an interrogator wants his victim to reach. The hope that sustains the will must be defeated.
A Christian hopes (hope: a certain anticipation) in Christ and the resurrection. This body is just a shell. The struggles of life now are nothing compared to the glory of eternity. We have already substituted our will for God’s will in our lives. Can God’s will be broken? I’m certain it cannot be. We must depend on this.
3. Torture in America
The most effective torture or pressure against the will is that which is indiscernible over time. We see this in America as Christians are subtly bombarded with worldly enticements, anti-God slogans, and humor that tears down the will of the Christian.
Over time, a Christian who does not resist the “torture” of sin and remain grounded in the Word of God—his hope will be dashed.
Many of us boast of our pain tolerance levels as we speak hypothetically of being tortured. But some of us—our hope has already been defeated. Our will has been broken by temptation—that ugly spiritual torturer/tempter.
It’s time to climb back to our feet and stand again!
Whether arrested in a foreign country, or attacked by worldly enticements in an American suburb, we must respond to our torturers in unison: “I am a Christian! My life is hidden in Christ! The blood of the Lamb has overcome!“
Remember: Christ has overcome, PAST TENSE!
See you in the field!
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NOTE: D.I. Telbat has written a novella, Soldier of Hope, that takes Army Ranger Jeff Grant from a torturous situation in Afghanistan, to escaping his captors. See how he keeps his eyes on his Lord and his family to keep him from giving up hope.
COMING UP: Next time, we have a short adventure story by David Telbat titled, “Christ through Chaos,” inspired by a favorite Christian band. And in the following post, David shares another page from his Author Reflections, in “How to ID your Calling.”