Painting- Hidden Cross: My open letter to fellow believers

01 Hidden Cross

To all of my fellow believers,

I painted the cross into a sea of bronze and gold. Can you find it? I hid it intentionally, but it is there. It is muted. It is a part of the painting, but not even necessarily the main part. Why is that? Shouldn’t our faith be easy to see and easy to find?

It seems like today, Christians are hiding their beliefs if the world disagree with it. These Christians will deny that the Bible says something or argue with you about interpretation because they want to appear tolerant.

That is because these Christians have bought into this big lie:

The World has changed. Tolerance means I just have to accept what the world says about something and we will all get along.

That is not what tolerance is. Tolerance is agreeing to disagree and not allowing each other to trample on the others rights or being disrespectful. I agree that certain Christians are not respectful, but most are kindhearted, not the ones we are forced to endure on television or cable news.

This past week, I was almost embarrassed at how many Christians took a stand against what the Word of God says, and even things that Jesus Christ said all in the name of so-called tolerance. This is called being a coward.

We cannot let our generation of Christians ignore what is going on around them. While Christians of past generations backed incredible causes like the civil rights movement and women’s suffrage, the one immediately following would not take a stand for public prayer or their beliefs and chased after meaningless things like the music industry. The result was a ban on Christianity in our public schools and today those who hate us are stealing our rights away, even the ones guaranteed as natural rights. We cannot allow this to happen. We must stand up for the Word of God. We must take a stand for our religious liberty, not just in the United States, but all over the world.

We’re witnessing terrorists behead Christians live on the internet. Those fellow brothers and sisters have amazing courage in the face of danger, as they do not even flinch as they are being killed. We see this, but we will not even stand up for our beliefs here in America, where we supposedly have religious liberty.

I pray that we have that Holy Spirit brings courage in the United States of America. I pray that as Christians we will unite together against the blow-back of popular cultural and take a stand. I pray we will not be cowards, but we will be warriors, not of violence, but of prayer.  I pray our cross is not hidden, but that everyone can see it.

As our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ prayed,

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-23

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