8“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life: 9“I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death. (Revelation 2:8-11, NRSV)
Be faithful until death and Jesus will give you a crown of life!
We need to be aware of those around us and those who say they are followers of Christ and are actually a part of a gathering for Satan.
I read a Facebook post this past week on the rise of the number of people who say they are post-Christian, which is a survey of different generations who were raised in a Christian church but now say they do not attend and/or believe. We could take this many ways and it is hard to tell from the post the way the original survey went but is this post-Christian, or post-Christiandom? Two very different things.
People have told me they want Sunday School like we had in the 50s and 60s. Issue with this though is some people, not a large number but some, only came to worship to not be labeled a communist. The Cold War was influencing people. We need to come to worship and follow after Christ because we are drawn and actually are following Christ. It isn’t because it is right to do, or we need to be there for what we said we would do. We go to worship and are faithful to Christ because we want to be. And some “Christian” gatherings are quilting people into being there. Is there any wonder people are seeing through the facade, and saying they are post-Christian?
Have faith in the promises and follow God because you are held in God’s hand.
And Be faithful against all that is to come, because God is always with you.