Welcome to Telbat’s Tablet, reader friends! David Telbat here. This is Part III of “If Christianity were Illegal Series: Proof of Christianity.” In this series, I have a tough message and scenario for us to consider. If Christianity were illegal, how would we live today? Through this seven-part series, I am posing several challenges to us Christians. (Click here to read, Part I, and Part II.) In this third part, the challenge is . . .
Are you Proven?
You stand before three uniformed men. You’ve been standing there for an hour as they decide your fate. Question after question has chiseled you down. They always circle back to one issue though: have you been baptized into the Christian faith? Imprisonment is the threat. What do you say? How do you respond? Baptism, you know, is merely an outward expression of the inward washing of the Holy Spirit. But to these men, they treat baptism as if it’s a crime against everything the government stands for.
So far, you’ve remained silent, too afraid to admit that you were baptized into Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection—and too ashamed to admit that when you were baptized, it meant so little to you at the time. To these men, baptism proves you are a Christian, which is now illegal in America. All they need to do is get you to admit it.
The above scenario has been playing out in Iran and other countries for several decades. A true Christian is obedient to the Bible—God’s Word. In these other countries, a true convert to Christianity is baptized. The authorities take all accusations into consideration, but the report of a secret, underground baptism? To them, that is proof!
How much proof is there in your life that you’re a Christian? Would the authorities scoff at the evidence offered up by accusers and then release you? Or would you be instantly imprisoned? Are you vocal and separate from the world that your talk and walk prove your faith?
Every year, certain Islamic groups file with the UN to ban anti-Islamic statements, press, and texts. If this were to pass, it would ban Christianity within UN countries, because the New Testament condemns any gospel that does not preach a Christ-only salvation.
Where’s the proof in your life? You may run for the hills, but when you’re caught and arrested, are you so radiant with Christ’s words, love, and lifestyle that no further proof is needed? Do you show proof? Do I?
See you in the field!
Click this link for part IV in this series, “Sharing God’s Message if Christianity were Illegal.” And find other challenges for the Christian Church on our Special Forces Christians page.
Several of David Telbat books and short stories, have scenes of testing Christians in their faith before they are allowed to become a part of COIL, the Special Forces organization. In Dark Liaison, Book One in The COIL Series, you’ll find such a scene in the prologue. There’s also testing of faith in novels Arabian Variable and Jaguar Dusk.