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Monday, February 7, 2011

Death for Faith

There are many reasons why we don't die for our faith in America. The most obvious among them is that Christianity is legal here. Another is that Christianity isn't nearly as important here as the nation (especially when the religion is viewed as only being possible in a 'free country'). However, a possibility occurred to me tonight at dinner.

Might it be that we do not die for our beliefs, religious or otherwise, because we are used to others doing the dying for us? It is not uncommon to say that a police or military officer has died fighting or keeping the peace. News comes and goes about the soldier who has died in a foreign country, fighting to protect his nation's freedom. Perhaps we do not consider dying for our religious beliefs because the notion of dying for one's religion is so far removed from death for King and Country, so to speak. Very rarely is it publicized greatly on the deaths of the religious. Could this be a reason why stories of those like Polycarp, Ignatius of Antioch, or myriads of others seem so foreign to us?

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