Why does some evangelism insist on presenting Christian discipleship as something that will make our lives run smoothly? As Jesus and the apostles told us, the ruling powers of the world are at war with the church, and Christians had better expect to be hated and attacked if we really live our faith (Jn. 15:20; Eph. 6:10-20; 2 Tim. 3:12). A spiritual war is raging more powerful than any bombs-and-bullets conflict the earth has ever seen. That’s what we sign up for when we become Christians—and our new enemy is furious that we’ve switched sides.
But at the same time discipleship is about peace, and Christians have the only kind that really matters: peace with God. The more our faith takes root, the less we’re afraid of failure, suffering, and death. Jesus has already been through all that. The next time he comes down to the earthly battlefield, he’ll wipe out the enemy. And when that day comes, the ones who’ve died with him will reign with him.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley