Since most Christians are not viewed as “real” by the unchurched, it will be interesting to find out soon who the “real” Christians actually are. You’ll recognize them easily. They won’t be activists the media likes to associate with Christianity to fuel the perception we’re all radicals – like nationalists, politicos, and protestors. They won’t be the CEOs (Christmas and Easter Only) or even fairly frequent (cultural) church attenders. They won’t be the celebrity Christian leaders who profit personally or professionally from their platforms. When the costs outweigh the benefits, most people within those groups will go radio silent or disassociate from Christianity.
The true believers in America will look like the early apostles and the courageous disciples in nations today where following Christ could cost them their careers, families or lives:
- Oozing Humility – Quiet but not bashful, drawing attention to Jesus, not themselves
- Standing Firm – Uncompromising, knowing scriptural relativism leads to moral relativism
- Loving Enemies – A genuine love that sees in everyone an eternal, possibly lost, soul
- Dying Daily – Not punching a ticket to heaven because salvation may be free but it wasn’t cheap
- Living Forward – Storing up lasting treasures, walking away from temptations to sell out
- Helping the Helpless – Getting hands dirty in compassion, shining a light in dark places
Christians with those characteristics already stand out in a crowd but will be increasingly rare and conspicuous as persecution intensifies on American soil in the coming years. Efforts to eradicate Christianity always inevitably wind up proliferating it. Thanks to a faithful few by the power of the Holy Spirit, this time will be no different.