Christians in America have been blessed to live in a society where most have never been seriously persecuted or had to die for their faith.

Unfortunately, this has created an apathetic, watered down version of Christianity where many also choose not to live for their faith.

Many who claim to follow Jesus today have elevated a fake, “social justice” gospel above the true Gospel of Christ and sacrificed Biblical truth on the altar of political correctness.

Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). At the time the disciples heard these words, a cross wasn’t an ornament to wear…it was a cruel instrument of torture and death. No one who went to the cross came back alive (until Jesus!) The invitation was clear: Die to your own wants and desires and follow Christ.

I had a friend who used to say, “When Jesus enters your heart, He doesn’t want weekend visitation…He wants full custody.”

Living for Christ won’t always be easy, but He never promised us comfort. He did, however, promise to never leave us or forsake us. I’d rather face the temporary storms of this life with God than enjoy the fleeting pleasures of this life without Him.

The pursuit and proclaimation of truth is worth it all. What could we all accomplish today in God’s strength if we denied ourselves, picked up the cross, and put Him first in everything?

Standing up for what’s right is never easy, but we need bold men and women today who will stand on the truth without apology.

We must stand until our feet are calloused, our muscles are tired, and our legs give way.

And in that moment when our legs give way, we must lean against each other and continue to stand.

It’s important to rest and recharge when we’re tired from fighting, but we can never become tired of fighting. The stakes are too high.

Stay focused and remember while the battles can be exhausting, we fight from a position of victory because God has already won the war.