Supernatural Heroism Exists
Supernatural courage isn't just for comic book heroes.
I first heard Mariam Ibrahim’s story on KLOVE. This young Sudanese wife and mother was jailed in spring 2014 and faced a death sentence. Her crime? Being a Christian. Her toddler son was jailed with her and she gave birth to a second child while incarcerated. To free herself and her children, all she had to do was pledge allegiance to Islam. Her decision? Hold fast to her Christian faith.
Her boldness brings to mind the superheroes we revere in comic books and movies; heroes who press on when most would turn back. I'm also reminded of Daniel's story and how he refused to compromise his beliefs despite the high personal costs.
When your turn comes, what will you choose?
Every day, whether or not we know it, we’re at war against apathy and hate. In this war there are good guys and bad guys though it's not always clear who's who. We might hope to remain neutral, but sooner or later we must pick a side–fear or love.
Fear holds us back.
Love propels us forward.
Before you make your choice, consider this: fear and love are contagious. Mariam’s boldness inspired an international outcry that prompted others to stand with her (Epilogue: her life was spared and she’s now living in the US). Who else will be emboldened by her flagrant fearlessness? Maybe me. Maybe you.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
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