by Sally Matheny
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Why are some Christians afraid to speak the truth of Jesus Christ when they are at school, at work, or even at church?
I believe it boils down to three fears. Fear of rejection, fear of persecution, and fear of inadequacy. How do I know? A few of them have crept up on me, too.
Let’s consider our “what if” fears and talk about ways to squash them.
Fear of Rejection
You’ve heard these—maybe even said a few.
“What if kids stop talking to me, because I’m talking about Jesus?”
“I could be ostracized in the group.”
“If I talk about God, won’t people say I think I’m better than everyone else?”
We may see eyes roll, hear snide remarks, or feel as if we’re invisible. We may be denied access to the popular group at school. Overlooked for a job promotion.
Former friends now
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Rejection may lead to persecution.
Fear of Persecution
“The kids will make fun of me if they know I’m a Christian.”
“If I speak the whole Truth, they’ll say its hate speech.”
“No one will respect me. They’ll think I’m a fanatic. I might even lose my job.”
Persecution to most American Christians means being singled out, harassed, perhaps bullied.
Persecution to Pakistani, Asia Bibi, meant a beating for sharing her faith to Muslim women. Imprisoned for violating subsection C of Pakistan’s 295 blasphemy law - blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad, she was sentenced to death. The death sentence was not carried out, but she’s been imprisoned since 2009. Even though she is sick and misses her family, she will not renounce her faith.
Asia's story takes our perception of persecution to another level.