Have No Fear of Them

So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:26-28

collection: For Love of Country by A Giving Heart Studio

background text: The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (repeated to cover)

wordart: Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Benjamin Franklin

Thank you, Mr. Franklin, for making clear the true motives of those who censor voices they disagree with. It’s not really to protect anyone as claimed, but to overthrow the nation. Good to know! This is a wake-up call for anyone who values their liberty.

NOTE: In the passage for today, Jesus was talking about the Pharisees trying to keep the people under their control and to prevent them from following Jesus and speaking about the kingdom of God. He continued on as follows:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:29-42

In our culture today, the freedom to speak freely about the ONE way to be saved and about God’s moral standards has already been curbed gradually over time. God’s truth is considered offensive to many today, just as it has always been to those who refuse to humble themselves and accept His authority over them. We’re sometimes forced into keeping silent by set rules, and other times we’re given strong cues that it would go smoother for us (and we’ll be considered “nicer” people) if we just go along with the flow. Both are wrong. The Body of Christ is to be salt and light in this fallen world, and to obey God and not men. (Matt. 5:13-16, Eph. 5:7-17, Phil. 2:14-16, 2Cor. 6:14, Acts 5:29, Gal. 1:10) We will give an account to Jesus of how we used the gifts He gave us for the benefit of the Body. (1Cor. 12:4-13:13 – note that “love” does not mean telling everyone what they want to hear – it’s telling the truth in a loving way with a motive of love (see Eph. 4:15-16, 1Tim. 1:5), Gal. 6:4-5, Heb. 4:12-13, Rom. 2:6-11, 12:12, Matt. 16:27, Rev. 22:12)

Let’s not be ashamed of Jesus or His words such that He will be ashamed of us, just as He said He would be if we treat Him that way. (Mark 8:38, Luke 9:23-26) Let’s trust Him to give us wisdom, courage, endurance, opportunities to share (the Gospel, God’s wisdom, practical help, etc.), protection from and defense against His enemies, and anything else we need (Gal. 6:10-20, Rom. 8:35-39) – and that He’ll help us always remember that the eternal rewards He promises are worth far more than anything in our short time on earth, including even our very lives. (Matt. 5:10-12, Luke 6:22-23, 6:35, Col. 3:23-25, Rom. 8:16-25, 1Cor. 2:9, Jam. 1:12, Heb. 12, 6:11-12, Rev. 21:7-8, 22:14-15)

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