As I hear news about the tragedy that has occurred at Kogi state, I am reminded that our walk as Christians is a perilous one. I am reminded of Columbine and Cassie Bernall, who, when asked if she believed in God with a gun to her face, said yes. I am reminded of Rev. Willliam B. Petty Jr. a United Methodist Preacher, clubbed and burned to death in Chattanooga TN. I’m also reminded of Rev. Fred Winters an Illinois pastor shot to death.
These events serve as reminders to me that America is becoming everyday increasingly more hostile towards Christians. To claim the name of Christ is really to incur the potential for some maniac to attach his death agenda to you. But that’s OK. Because this is not our home. This planet in its current state, is not meant to permanently house us who believe. Our rest will come soon…very soon. Until then, we have to remain strong, that is run this race with our eyes fixed on the price. To quote Caedmon’s Call “This world has nothing for me and this world has everything, all that I could want and nothing that I need”. God has gone to prepare a place for us. If it was not so, He would not have told us He did, for He cant lie. God will come back, and He will make everything right. The beauties that He has in store for us is beyond our comprehension. Even more important and more exciting is that we will finally be able to see our Dad, our God, our Lord. And I so long to see Him. To finally put these struggles to rest and to run like a little child unto Him. That is my dream, that is truly what I dream about. For me to die is gain, but to live is Christ. I’m not worried about death for I know that I will see my savior when my last breath is taken on this plane. In some way form or fashion we will all die. I’m ready for that event because I know that God has redeemed me not by anything I have done but by His sacrifice. He has called me son. He has loved me.
I have been called arrogant for claiming to “know” anything about my religion. How can I be so sure of heaven? they say. On that day, all will be set right. I am sure of heaven because of faith. I cant debate that. Some will look at this statement and need more in the form of explanation. But I have no more. I feel the Lord with me even when I stumble. I hear Him speak through the spirit and even through life. I witness daily small miracles that are actually huge, since He’s the one that does them. For example, the day before yesterday I prayed for God to help me with a paper for I lacked the intelligence to formulate my thoughts. Yesterday, I looked at the paper and my argument all of a sudden made sense and I wrote with a fervor and an understanding I hadn’t had before. Some could say, that was psychosis or whatever other psychological word. Sure, but the fact is, it happened after I prayed. I asked, and I received simple. Doesn’t always happen, but that’s OK too.
At any rate, my bable this morning is an attempt to come to grips with the fact that America is no longer Christian…I doubt it ever was, and that as such, I am but an un-welcomed guest. But that’s OK. I will still love my country, and its people. Because God still loves this country and its people…as He loves the whole world.
Juan Castillo Jr