Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

What would it take to make you deny Christ?

Would you deny Jesus to save your life? Would you deny Him to save your child’s life?

What would it take for you to turn your back on Jesus?

Christians die for their faith all over the world, right now, this minute. Christians are raped, splashed with acid, stoned, beheaded, sold into slavery every minute of every day because they refuse to deny Jesus. They are the martyrs of our times, and we, who are not facing martyrdom, do very little to support them.

That doesn’t mean that those of us who are safe, fed and fat are not challenged in our soft and cozy faith. It just means that the challenges come at us in more subtle, less costly ways that we  don’t always recognize. Take, for instance, the insistent request in certain circles that we not “offend” people of other faiths or no faith by talking about our Jesus. This kind of gentle push to deny Our Lord can come from surprising sources, sources which disarm us by who they are.

My friend and fellow public catholic, Linda Cavanah, is an example. Linda is the founder and director of All Things New, an Oklahoma ministry which engages in the life-saving work of rescuing, sheltering and healing women from sex trafficking and prostitution. Linda makes a lot speeches about sex trafficking and prostitution in many different venues. When she was asked to speak at a large mainline church near one of Oklahoma’s two major universities, she assumed that this particular speech would be on Christian-friendly grounds.

A few days before the speech the church’s assistant pastor emailed her. He asked her to avoid mentioning Jesus or talking about her faith in her speech. He said that people from many faiths, including people of no faith, would be in the audience, and his church didn’t want to offend them by talking about Jesus. Linda emailed back, telling him, no, she couldn’t do that. If that was his requirement, he would have to find another speaker.

When the pastor did not reply to her email, she sent another. When he didn’t reply to that, she was in a quandary. Was she supposed to show up for the speech or not? She finally decided to go ahead and show up and see if they still wanted her to speak. She went, prepared to leave if that was what they wanted.

When she got there, no one told her to leave, but she wasn’t exactly welcomed, either. The associate pastor who had sent the email and his senior pastor huddled on the other side of the room, glancing at her while they talked and rolled their eyes in what anyone who’s been treated this way would recognize as distaste. Despite their obvious contempt and woeful lack of hospitality, they let her speak.

She talked about how Jesus had saved her from the same thing from which she was working to rescue other women. She said straight out that her ministry was based on faith in Christ. Of course, she also (and mostly) talked about the horrors of sex trafficking and what we can do to stop it. No one in the audience raised any objections.

So. Two “pastors,” men who are supposed to be shepherds of Christ’s flock, try to stop a woman from saying the name Jesus while speaking to a gathering in their church. They do this in a church that has the image of Christ in its stained glass windows and the name of Christ on its altar. I could do a whole post on that. But the real point is that my friend didn’t let them bully her into silence about Jesus. She stood firm. She refused. She got dissed by two “men of God” for her effort, but I have to think that God Himself was pleased with her.

This leads me back to my first question: What would it take to make YOU deny Christ?

Assuming that you are not one of the people who is facing death for standing for Jesus, what would it take to make you deny Him?

Would you do it to keep your job?

Would you do it to keep or get government funding for your ministry?

Would you do it to satisfy government regulations that conflict with your faith so you could keep your ministry’s doors open?

Would you do it to avoid having your classmates, co-workers, even your family, belittle, mock and make fun of you?

Would you do it to avoid the humiliation of a public trashing on the internet and by media talking heads?

Would you do it to avoid being labeled a “bigot,” a “hater,” or a fool?

Would you do it to get into a fraternity or sorority?

Would you do it to get a date with the best looking, most popular guy or girl in school?

Would you do it to get an “A” from that professor who talks about “theists” and claims that only atheists are rational?

What would it take to make you deny Christ? Before you answer, consider this: You’ve already done it. I have. You have. We all have.

I don’t think there’s one Christian in our entire American culture who hasn’t at one time or another gone along to get along in matters of faith. We’ve kept quiet; at family dinners, political gatherings, in the classroom, on the job. We’ve laughed at jokes belittling God or Christians, even when we felt dirty for doing it. We’ve joined in and repeated these jokes ourselves.

We have all denied Christ in the simplest way possible; by what we’ve said and what we haven’t said. I’ll talk another time about how we deny Him with what we do. For now, let’s just stop and consider how many times and in how many ways each of us has denied Him with what we’ve said or not said.

Public Catholics get pushed every day to deny Christ. We are bullied, badgered, belittled, mocked and shamed for our faith as a matter of our daily work. In the case of politicians, most of this is a not-so-subtle attempt to change the way we vote on issues of public policy. The interesting thing is that it works. Not with me. I’ve kept my mouth shut to keep the peace when I shouldn’t have. But nobody ever bullied me into voting against my faith. I just won’t do it.

Linda Cavanah is also a Public Catholic. She’s not an elected official, but her work and ministry place her in the public eye. She passed the test with that speech. I’ve seen her pass the test over and over again.

I think the reason the two of us are so stubborn about this is that Jesus forgave us for so much. He loved us from death to life and we know it. Deny Him? Deny the One Who saved us from the living pit of our self-made hells? No. The very thought is anathema.

If you came to Christ by an “easier” way, you may not realize quite so graphically what He saved you from. You may not feel to the marrow of your bones that you owe a debt you can never repay. You may even think, as some Christians evidently do, that it was God’s lucky day when He got you. It may be easier for you to overlook the seemingly small requests to accede to the larger culture and keep quiet about Jesus. Maybe, down deep where not even you know it, the truth is that Jesus doesn’t matter to you as much as the good opinion of the people around you.

Besides, you ask, what good would it do? After all, you are just a drop of faith against the tsunami of secularism and nihilism that is rolling over our society. What does it matter in the great scheme of things what you do?

The answer is simple: It matters to Him.

We are called to be the leaven, the mustard seed, the light and salt that brings the Kingdom. It does not matter who you are or what you do, you will be faced each day with opportunities to speak for Jesus or keep silent. You will decide a thousand times in every thousand days you live to either stand up for Jesus or sit down and say nothing. That may seem like a trial, but it is in reality the great opportunity to speak for Christ which is available to every one of us in our present world. It is your chance to do something that matters for Christ.

I am not talking about being strident. This is not a call to lecture, hector, speechify. What I am suggesting is that we, all of us, every Christian man, woman and child, stop being silent when Our Lord is attacked, when our faith is belittled, when the only Hope of humankind is drug through the mud of incivility and debasement that has become our public debate. Most of the time, all you have to say is, “I am a Christian, and I am not comfortable with this discussion.” That will cause an uneasy silence, but it will also make the point.

Every once in a while you may come across one of those devil-driven souls who feel a sense of self-righteous entitlement when it comes to attacking Christians. They may turn on you and say ugly, degrading things to you and about you. If you are female, they may even band together with others of their kind in an attack on you as a girl or a woman.

I can tell you from personal experience, that is hard to take. I’ll blog another time about Christian men who stand by and do or say nothing while this happens. It’s enough for now to tell you that I have been called every degrading name our misogynist culture uses to attack women, including all the vicious names for women’s body parts. Ironically, most of this was done in the name of “women’s rights.” It was a way of punishing me for converting to pro-life.

It hurts. It has to hurt. But remember: They did the same thing to Jesus. He warned us about this. He said that if they did it to Him, they would do it to us, too. It is not a curse to suffer for Jesus. It is a privilege. As Jesus told us, “rejoice and be glad,” when people attack you for standing up for Him. They are giving you the Kingdom of Heaven.

There’s an old hymn that goes, “Stand up, stand for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.”

In our world, we might better sing, “Don’t be embarrassed by Jesus. Don’t be ashamed of His Name.”

  • http://www.garrickdconner.com Garrick D. Conner

    I am so glad that I happened upon your blog. Your words of conviction and truth give me hope as a minister. To know that there really are people like you in public service who do ‘stand up for Jesus’ in a culture and time that is increasingly hostile to the Gospel — well, it honestly moves me to tears. I’m a Baptist minister, but I believe the faith we share runs much deeper than the labels with which we so foolishly seek to convey the gravity and reality of our personal experience with Jesus Christ. I hope you don’t mind my seeming sense of ‘kindred spirit’ that draws me to your blog on a now-regular basis. I have a feeling you may be seeing a lot of me.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Garrick, we’re not just “kindred spirits.” You are my brother in Christ. Thank you for this wonderful comment.

  • http://dgcree.wordpress.com dgcree

    How true !

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you once again!

  • http://scpeanutgallery.com abcinsc

    Reblogged this on The Peanut Gallery.

  • http://ackans.wordpress.com Mr. V.

    Wow. Rebecca, thanks for writing this. The message of this essay is one which every Christian, me included, nears to read or hear often. It’s all too easy to become accustomed to keeping quiet about our faith and beliefs as Christians. Standing up for Jesus, truly being His leaven, is a choice and a struggle that must be faced every day.

    I’ve found, for me at least, that standing up for Christ is the hardest with family. Many of my wife’s relatives are not Christians at all, and on many occasions, we have refrained from speaking about our faith in order to avoid difficult conversations.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Family is what gets me, too. I would guess they’re the hardest for everyone.

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    Powerful, Rebecca. And. yes, we have all committed the ‘sins of omission’ as my (mostly) Lutheran upringing would phrase them. Herman Wouk, in “War and Remembrance” has one of his characters say, “I’m a Christian, or at least I’m trying to be.” That pretty well sums me up.

    The unwillingness of Christian men to defend you, Linda, and every other woman, says very bad thing things about a large part of the church. Even if you were not a Christian, there is no place in a civil society for that behavior. We should have learned that, if nothing else from the civil rights struggle. The old Irish proverb states it well: “The first duty of the strong is to defend the weak.” That is not misogynist, you are plenty strong enough to defend yourself but, why whouldn’t we help our friends, and it is easier for a man to intimidate, if nothing else.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      It isn’t misogynist at all to say that men are stronger than women. It’s a fact. Each of us, male and female has strengths and weaknesses, which, when we put them together, create civilization. Christian men and women need to stand together, help and defend one another. What I’ve seen happen is that Christian men are so afraid of not being one of the boys that they simply do not have the courage to speak out when Christian women are attacked in this satanic fashion. That has to change. They need to be manly men of God instead just another one of the guys. You are correct that men will back down when they are confronted with another man, while with a woman, especially a lone woman, they will just keep attacking. Christians, men and women, need to stand together in this world where it has become trendy and fashionable to hate and attack Christ and His followers.

      • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

        That was my point, I thought you’d understand without the explanation, but sometimes I’m not too clear.

        For the rest, I could not agree more.

      • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

        I knew that was your point — and you said it well. Sometimes, I just get up on my soapbox and roll. What I was trying to say was Amen Brother !

      • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

        Thank You, again. Nothing wrong with your soapbox.

        Your point came through. Amen, and Amen.

  • http://kathieevenhouse.wordpress.com kathieevenhouse

    This has been a subject of discussion in our household, and I thank you for your challenge to us all. My husband’s strongest image of a Christian is a soldier; mine is as a server and lover. But I need to move into my soldier armor when it is needed, because God has provided it for me knowing that I will need to play that role at times to follow him.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      We are all soldiers for Christ. Our weapons are love, faithfulness, prayer and hope.

  • http://christiancopingwithsuicide.wordpress.com Christian Coping with Suicide

    I rejoice in your faithfulness. The story of the speaking is very moving.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      We are all soldiers in Christ’s army. Our weapons are love, faithfulness, prayer and hope.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you. I hope you are doing well.

  • http:s.com//mcdermottfootcare.wordpress.com McDermott Footcare

    From http://8kidsandabusiness.wordpress.com Rebecca, this is so powerful. I agree with an earlier comment about family being the hardest. When I refused to accept my 2 brothers’ same-sex “marriages,” my sister said, “I thought that since they’re your brothers, you would compromise.” None of them have talked me for 5 years. I know I’m guilty of denying Jesus as well but I thank God for the Sacrament of Confession which allows me to start all over again.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      My heart goes out to you. And yes, confession is the great do-over which lets us start anew.

  • http://triumphpantchurchmilitant.wordpress.com steventroy

    As the story goes… While laying dying, after vicious torture many a martyr would reach down into their own blood and write on their soon to be corpse”credo” “I BELIEVE”. Wonderful article wonderful blog! May God bless and Mary keep you!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Steven.

  • http://trudymetzger.wordpress.com Faith Girls Unleashed with Trudy Metzger

    Excellent post, my friend! Jesus is my life, unapologetically, and nothing or no one is so important that I would ‘cash him in’ to buy or keep someone or something else. I find it tragic beyond tragic that churches do not make Jesus Christ centre stage, without apology! Funny, I wrote about Jesus as ‘THE Way’ today… there are no other ways. (God is trying to get the message through!) Probably stepping on toes, but that is what we are called to by standing for Truth. It is an honour to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ! Bless you!

  • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

    Trudy, I’ve been following your blog and it’s great. It IS “tragic beyond tragic” that some churches are failing so miserably in their calling. I know that is part of living in a fallen world, but it is hard to see.

  • http://menofoneaccord.wordpress.com Men of One Accord

    These men are not men of Our living God but son’s of Satan acting as Pastors of the Most High God.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I never met either of these men, but I do believe that they were cooperating with the evil of our times when they asked my friend to be silent about Jesus. It’s sad to consider the effect they are probably having on the people who attend their church.

  • http://hiddeninjesus.wordpress.com Jessica

    When I came to Jesus Christ at the age of 19, I was on the verge of suicide. What a relief to be rescued and safe! My family’s response? My normally loving mother said, “I’VE read the Bible–are you telling me I’m going to HELL?” (I just mumbled something like, “I don’t know. I just know He loves me and saved me.”) Thankfully, she came to Jesus later that same year and is with Him now.

    My brothers urged me to “keep your mind open.” (Why? I don’t keep my mouth open after it’s full of food.) Forty years later one is still holding Him at arm’s length: “I could believe in any god” (although he doesn’t) “except Jehovah. He is Hitler write large!”

    My dad (who was a child molester, of me, my best friends and two of his secretaries, among others) told me years later, “I could have been a good father to you if you hadn’t chosen God for your father.” On his deathbed when I presented Jesus to him again, he said in surprise, “I’ve always believed in Jesus!”

    Jesus has been drawing my other brother, Tim, slowly but steadily to Himself, through reading the synoptic gospels in Greek and accepting that they are historically accurate documents, through coming to belief in design (“I don’t know why I never saw it before. It’s everywhere!”), through teaching himself Hebrew and, just in the past few days, coming to accept Jesus as “the best candidate” for the Messiah.

    Anyway God has been a good daddy to me and I happily choose Him again every hour of every day.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Jessica, pray for your family. You will be amazed at what God will do with them. As for you, try to spend most of your time with people who will build you up, not tear you down. Pray for yourself, for Christian friends who will bring joy to your life. I will add my prayers to yours.

      • http://hiddeninjesus.wordpress.com Jessica Reynolds Renshaw

        I’ve re-posted “Stand up for Jesus” on hiddeninjesus.wordpress.com. You speak for SO MANY of us, Rebecca! I’m appalled at how “political correctness” has gradually eroded our courage to say, even privately, what we really believe. When I was 17, just after it happened, I wrote a book about sailing with my parents, one brother, a Japanese-American friend, and two cats to the Soviet Union to protest their nuclear weapons. (This was during the Cold War; we had already sailed into the Pacific test zone to protest our own country’s nuclear weapons.) Recently I pulled out and read over the manuscript (To Russia with Love) for the first time in 50 years because a college wanted to publish it. It is a a terrifying drama and slapstick comedy rolled into one–but what impressed me was how freely we all discussed issues that now we would tiptoe around. . . and we weren’t even Christians.

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          Jessica, I hope your book is published. Let me know if its. I would love to read it!

          Thank you, for the re-blog!

  • http://encouragingservants.wordpress.com encouragingservants

    So true Rebecca! A coulple of years ago I was speaking at a “liberal” church in one of their groups and was told that there would be many who were pro-choice or pro-abortion. Thankfully I was forwarned before speaking to the audience so I could put on the cloak of kindness and grace and not be offended and want to strike out. Thank goodness for the Holy Spirits prompting and guidance! I left that group and just stood in the church parking lot in a daze – I could not believe I had just defended life in a church!!!!! I remember one of the questions was “Would I really encourage a 14 year old who had been raped to be punished with a child?” My response was to share that I would encourage life because I had seen the negative effects of abortion on so many women that there was no way I could encourage this child to have an abortion. (Later in my ministry I have actually dealt with this situation – my blog “Stand for Something – My Reason”) But Rebecca our world has gone crazy when Jesus and life cannot be celebrated in our churches and congregations. Thanks for the this post!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank YOU for the work you do! You did exactly the right thing with that church: Speak the truth in love. That requires us to take some lumps once in a while, but it is the Jesus way of doing things.

  • http://curtissannmatlock.wordpress.com/ CurtissAnn

    I surround myself with women of faith to help me stand firm. Thank you for the inspiration. The more we stand up, the stronger we become.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks for the great comment. I draw strength from my Christian sisters, too. Linda Caswell, who I discussed in this blog, is one of these. You are right; the more we stand up, the stronger we — through the grace of faith — become.

  • http://www.newequus.wordpress.com Mindy at New Equus – A New Creation

    Rebecca, you’ve hit the nail on the head again! Hopefully you won’t mind, but I’m going to link back to your post from my blog. You are saying some good things and the more people who “hear” it the better! You go, girl!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Mindy, of course I don’t mind! Thank you for doing it.

      • http://www.newequus.wordpress.com Mindy at New Equus – A New Creation

        Awesome! Thanks!

  • http://freerosarys.wordpress.com freerosarys

    Thank you.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I enjoy your blog. Thank YOU for doing it.

      • http://freerosarys.wordpress.com freerosarys

        you are welcome

  • http://thoughtsonthekingdom.wordpress.com jrsorrow

    God is not interested in our denomination only if we’re IN the Son.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      True!

  • http://andrejfourie.wordpress.com Biltong & Pot-roast

    Wonderful! And so far not a single one of those nasty negative comments. You attract the right people. Great minds think alike! (Thank you for visiting my blog.)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      One of the blessings of doing this blog has been learning that there are so many great people out there. It makes me feel more hopeful about the future.

  • http://www.durablefaith.com Durable

    Great post and site. Keep up the good work.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you, durable faith.

  • http://rabattye.wordpress.com/ rabattye

    That’s incredible, thanks for your challenging and convicting words from God Himself! Wow…

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Robert.

  • http://bownessbedandbreakfast.wordpress.com blodge1

    Hi
    Thanks for visiting my post; it directed me to your blog. This post of yours is so true. A few months ago, I watched a programme on TV about ministers of the church who do not even believe in Jesus as the Son of God! The folks attending the churches were in tune with their ministers who did not believe in his virgin birth, his death and resurrection and his saving power; but they attended church because they believed in what their ministers believed in – a place to meet socially with like-minded people and leaders who could lead them in their ‘social clubs’.
    What a travesty of God’s great sacrifice!

  • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

    It is also very sad for them. They are throwing away the only thing that matters. Thank you for your comment.

  • http://breakthruinternational.wordpress.com breakthruinternational

    Thank you for this post. It raises issues that will and are a challenge to anyone who professes to know the Messiah. I am sure that this will become even more of a challenge as changes around the globe continue to influence our belief systems and way of life.

    Shalom, Shalom.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Your efforts to support Christian artists a very valuable. Thank you for for your comment.

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com JessicaHof

    Powerful question, which we should always be asking ourselves. It is the little betrayals, the ones we try not to notice, which add up in time. Thank you for your witness.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Jessica!

  • http://guidedbygodblog.wordpress.com guidedbygodblog

    Thank you so much for this essay. It is hard to stick up for our Christianity when people are telling you that your belief is an ancient myth. Or, that my belief system is only 2000 years old, by not connecting it with Judaism which I think is the oldest religion.
    I am glad though, that I live in the USA where I am allowed to freely worship God. I feel strongly for the persecuted Christian brothers and sisters around the world who are actually tortured for their belief in God. These people are allowed their freedom if they will only convert to the belief in a false God or would allow the all encompassing government to tell them how they should worship
    I belong to http://www.persecution.com/, where you can learn about those who suffer and pray for them. There is also a place were you can write or send a card to these people.I’ve had a few cards returned to me, but I think most of them have made it through.
    Again, thank you so much for this blog. I’m just a newbie at this blogging stuff. I used to pray for the unsaved loved ones in my life, but I felt like God was asking me who will witness to these people? I started a Daily Devo (daily devotions) email about three years ago to all my friends and family. I am only now trying to get it in blog form.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for the work you do for persecuted Christians. Every Christian should make standing up for them a priority.

      As for people who say that Christianity is a myth or who search the scriptures looking for gotcha verses to sling at us, this only seems new because we had a period of relative peace in our Western world. In reality, Christians have been attacked like this since the beginnings of our faith.

  • http://livingmoreabundantly.wordpress.com livingmoreabundantly

    Excellent post! We all need to be reminded that we are not exempt from what the Apostles all were required to do. We need to stand, despite the fallout.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for your great comment.

      • http://livingmoreabundantly.wordpress.com livingmoreabundantly

        I look forward to reading more from you!

  • http://tbtdevos.com Prudence

    Powerful and timely! Thank you for sharing. :) May God continue to bless you.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Prudence!

  • http://godismydad.wordpress.com mikeuzdavines

    Awesome post! It made me think of these verses from Ezekiel 2:6-8 –
    “And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people. You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      That is a great verse for your times. Thank you Mike.

  • http://catholicbychoice.wordpress.com paulinecauton

    So glad I stumbled upon this post, and your blog. This has been such an encouragement to me. God bless you!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      That is what I want to be. Thank you Pauline!

  • http://getrealchristianity.wordpress.com RJ Dawson

    To deny my Lord is to deny breathing. The enemy knows real Christians will never back off completely so he tries to get us to back off however much he can. There is obviously a place for tact, and the Lord Jesus used it well. But there is also a place for telling it like it is, in full force, in the public square. He did this well also.

    Persecution is the test that identifies real Christians, who answer every question stated in your article correctly. There is no Christianity without ALL of Jesus and ALL His teachings. It has always been a 100% requirement with Him: Our entire heart and life following His entire curriculum or nothing at all.

    Thank you for this post, Rebecca.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you RJ!

  • http://ariseandshineservices.wordpress.com ariseandshineservices

    We need to pray for the Christians to stand up for Jesus.my prayers are with you.Thanks for standing for Jesus.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      We do need to pray for Christians to stand up for Jesus, and we need to support one another in doing this. Thanks for your comment.

  • http://www.keeplifelegal.com Rev. Katherine Marple

    Two thumb’s up! As always :)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      :-)

      Thanks for stopping by Rev Katherine!

  • http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com Wendy Macdonald

    Excellent & inspiring post! “Better is one day in His house than thousands elsewhere.” Blessings to people like you and Linda Caswell for your faith and boldness in Jesus. ~ Wendy

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Wendy! I am blessed to have a friend like Linda.

  • http://simplyjuliana.wordpress.com Juliana Worsham

    This is a great word in due season! Jesus said if we are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of us before our Father! Thank God for those that stand for Him and all he represents!! Thank you for a wonderful post!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Juliana. It’s great to see you here!

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com/ Jessica Hoff

    Good to read this again Rebecca – and to see so many new comments. Hope the move is working well – feels like it.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      It seems to be going well Jessica. It’s great to hear from you.

  • http://www.thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com Patty

    what a powerful message – I will have to save to re-read again….as you know our denomination is going through many changes and what I feel compromises to their faith in some of the new “re – wording” to include same sex marriage, homosexual pastors, etc….As the struggle continues I pray that I remain firm in my belief and stand up for Jesus in a positive loving manner. Blessings – Patty

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Patty. We are all praying for and need the same things you are asking. It is the times we live in, I’m afraid. Keep up the fight!

  • Indy

    Hi Rebecca – I’m sorry to write to you in such a public forum but I just wanted to say “thank you” – I’ve known about your work as a Pro-Life Democrat for a many years now but I have just discovered your blog and I am so touched by the grace and mercy that you show to everyone. Your words have touched my heart and I appreciate so much that you share them with us. May God continue to bless you and your family. Thank you. If you ever come to Australia to speak, please post as I would love to attend. Indy from Australia

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Indy, I am so touched by this comment. Thank you!

  • http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/wp_admin tazeinmirzasaad

    Dear Rebecca, you write beautifully!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you my friend! It’s great to see you here.

  • http://onesobercatholic.wordpress.com Mary Christine

    Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday. I am thrilled to have now found yours, and I will be back. – Mary Christine

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Mary Christine. Welcome to Public Catholic!

  • http://www.devotions4him.com Jennifer Craft

    Excellent, excellent post! I’m so glad that our blogging paths crossed.

    “Don’t be embarrassed by Jesus. Don’t be ashamed of His Name.” Amen and amen!
    God bless you!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Jennifer!

  • http://findingyourblessings.wordpress.com Jen

    I absolutely LOVE what you write! Trying desperately to figure out how to re-blog since the change over.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Jen, I think you can click on the button at the bottom of the post that says “share.” Then, click on … ummmm … I can remember exactly, something like “more” at the bottom of that. You’ll find WordPress there. Click on that and put the address for your blog in the box and then click share. I think that should do it.

      Let me know if it works.

  • catholic123

    Wonderfully written post!!! I often find myself in situations where it is easier to just be silent and say nothing to “keep the peace” but this is the easiest way and trap I find myself in where I deny Jesus. You are so right when you say it matters to Him what we say and do, and even in the long run we may not be aware of it, but when we do stand up for Jesus those around us take notice. I always notice when others are brave enough to do so and I admire their courage. Many thanks and blessing to you, Linda Caswell, and all the other Public Catholics who are not afraid to stand up for Jesus. Keep writing and God Bless!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I believe you are right. People notice and are changed when they witness genuine fidelity to Christ.

  • Diane Reid

    Rebecca, you and your posts that I have read, restore my faith in politicians. Well, at least I am willing to reconsider my thinking about politicians and be open to the possibility that there are probably more out there like you who are willing to take a stand for Jesus when it could be political suicide. I can’t thank you enough for that and for asking me the hard questions about standing up for Jesus.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Diane for this very kind comment.

  • http://thoughtsonthetruth.wordpress.com/ Edward Lowe

    Interesting read.
    Romans 1:32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

    Often we approve of what is wrong by shying away from the truth because of fear. We must know who we are in Christ and who He is in us for us to become people who are grounded and unshaken by the world.

    Thanks

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Edward.

  • http://lbkennett.wordpress.com lbkennett

    Great post.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks my friend. Good seeing you here!

  • http://tinadmitchell.com T.D.

    Thank you, Rebecca, for standing up for Jesus. There are so few of us left; keep the faith. God bless you!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you T.D.

  • http://everydaysubversive.wordpress.com Joshua Coffman

    Rebecca, Thanks for liking my blog! I haven’t read all of this post yet, but I love what I have read. I appreciate you because you remind me that there are Catholics that are not like the experience I had as a child; instead, you are a living, breathing, follower of Christ, who wants Him more than anything. So glad you are my sister in Christ!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Joshua. This is all I want to be, everything else doesn’t matter …

      “a living, breathing, follower of Christ, who wants Him more than anything.”

  • http://timogle.wordpress.com Tim Ogle

    I have heard it said, “It’s easier to die for something than it is to live for something.”
    That seems to be my dilemma with my faith. I find myself ready to champion his name in the face of adversity as some type of hero. Yet, I deny Him the throne of my life when my desire to sin overwhelms my being faithful.

    He is a King with a real Kingdom. I am a citizen of that Kingdom and at times I’m guilty of treason.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      We all face this problem Tim. I think that the Christian walk is in reality a daily dying to the world and its hold of us and we just don’t realize it while we’re doing it. Standing up for Jesus can be painful and it’s human nature to want to avoid pain. Blessings.

  • http://lookingoutthe1040window.wordpress.com/ Bonnie Rose

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to Like my post on India, Iran, and Pakistan. Your blog is inspiring, and it is encouraging to see your plans to start blogging regularly on persecution. That was the topic that lead me to the 10/40 window. God bless!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Bonnie. Your blog is inspiring, also.

  • http://www.EverydaySimpleTruths.com Lisa Rae Combs

    What a powerful post!
    Ther will be those that stand before the Lord and He will say depart from me for I never knew you. These will be people who claimed to be followers of Jesus Christ, but did not have that personal relationship. Many will be surprised! The Biblevtells us that if we deny Jesus Christ before men, then He will deny us before His Father in heaven!
    So what would it take for us to deny Jesus?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Lisa Rae. I think people take what Jesus said about this too lightly.

  • Arkenaten

    Posts like this (sadly) perpetuate the myth that is the divine nature of the character of Jesus, highlighting the writer’s ignorance of their own faith and encouraging blind faith/acceptance in fellow believers based on an erroneous doctrine started by the early church.
    And it sends people to their deaths based on the false (and utterly unforgivable/onprovable proclamation) that life after death will be a whole lot better than this one.
    This is the real tragedy of religion – all religion that advocates ‘salvation’- and it is shameful a public official should champion this belief.
    And let us remember , every evangelical Christian believes Catholics are NOT, in fact, Christians at all.
    As the saying goes, What would Jesus say? Methinks if he didn’t laugh at you all he would likely shake his head and walk off.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Douglas, thank you — again — for making my point.
      No one can be this interested in Christianity without feeling the pull of the Holy Spirit. I look forward to the day you convert and I can call you my brother in Christ.
      Until then, keep coming back. I’m enjoying your visit.

      • Arkenaten

        My theological investigations began with a piece I was writing on Moses several years ago.Before this I would classify myself as a marginal Christian: Brought up in a ‘Christian household, went to church, owned a bible since Sunday school, went on the occasional scout parade to church….yawn. So typical of most Christians. I wanted to be in the girl guides but was prevented as I was a boy. Wasn’t fair, the girls were much better looking. Anyhow, once I began investigating Moses I realised there was NOTHING outside the bible. You go investigate if you don’t believe.
        Well, you know what is like when you find a loose thread on a blouse of jersey, you pull and pull….
        And so I pulled and found it really is all nonsense.
        Go read Prog Ze’ev Herzog. Deconstructing the walls of Jericho. Or Rene Salm and his expose of Nazareth. Both very enlightening.
        But you probably won’t (which i sad) because what you believe is based on faith..not fact and certainly not truth.

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          Actually Douglas, where you are, I have been. Keep pulling on that loose thread. It will eventually lead you back around again.

          • Arkenaten

            LOL! I love a woman with a sense of humour.
            And what, may I inquire caused you to see the light? Or rather what happened for your god to seek you out? (This is how it goes, so I have been informed)
            I have never encountered a reborn christian or one that left the fold then returned who was not emotionally in distress in one form or another.

          • Rebecca Hamilton

            I’m going to write about this in more detail later. What I will say is that all you have to do if you want to meet God is honestly ask Him to meet you.

          • Arkenaten

            Yes, quite. I am an atheist (surely you have worked this pout, yes? It would seem a little oxymoronic for me to ask your god anything, don’t you think?
            But you can pray for me if it makes you feel better;)

  • http://cowboylawyer.wordpress.com cowboylawyer

    Rebecca,
    Thank you for standing up for your faith, particularly in politics. Senator Mark O. Hatfield wrote a couple books you might enjoy — Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Conflict and Conscience.
    I served as an intern in his office for a semester in college. He said that the letters that hurt him the most came from Christians who questioned his faith because they disagreed on a political decision. E.g., “How can you call yourself a Christian (and vote against or for a particular piece of legislation)?”-

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you. I’ll put the books on my to-read list. They sound fascinating.

  • http://www.godssceneryandpromises.wordpress.com sagescenery

    The depth of your writing, compassion for people, and your love for Jesus inspires me…thank you for this blog!!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for this lovely compliment.


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