“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” -Luke 14:25-34
What does it cost to follow Christ?
For Rav, it cost him his father holding his head down on a table with an axe in hand, saying to him who recently confessed Christ as Lord: “Reject Christ or die.” For another man, it cost having his father make him choose between either following Christ or receiving his inheritance of $1.2 billion. It cost Surge losing his high paying desk job and being forced into street labor. It cost millions around the world to be kicked out of their family, made an outcast in the community, made homeless, jobless, continually humiliated, and verbally and physically derogated by their friends and family.
In the top 10 Countries of the world in which Christianity is growing the fastest (countries like Iran and China where it’s against the law to be a Christian, much less a missionary) the Gospel is spreading like wild-fire.
In places like these, the test of a true Christ-follower is often determined by whether you’ve been to jail or not.
Church is often held in secret, typically with 3 or 4 people. You don’t invite your non-believing friends to church as an outreach effort—it could get the entire church killed or thrown in jail. Yet, the Gospel is continually shared to thirsty souls. Inviter cards, church bumper stickers, and church marketing doesn’t exist—it’s asking for prison time. Is following Jesus worth it? Millions around the world have said “yes” under these conditions helping to advance the church, but it comes with a great cost. As Nik and Ruth Ripken often say, “this is the insanity of God.”
On Tuesday, August 30th, Nik and Ruth Ripken’s real-life, heart-wrenching stories of the persecuted church come to life on the big screen. You don’t want to miss this one night event featuring The Insanity of God movie.
-Eric Hovis (Mercy Hill Member)