Martyr vs. Dork

I’d rather be a martyr than a dork. This idea was expressed at the youth group I volunteer at last night. The teens seem to embrace the idea of martyrdom without a problem. But what becomes a more difficult is actually standing up for your faith and still having to live your life. Martyrdom has the perk that you only have to make your stand once. There’s no awkward tension or reputation you have to worry about. You may undergo some pain, but then it’s all over. You don’t have to get up the next day and face it all over again. But when standing up for your faith doesn’t result in death, but instead results in rejection and humiliation–that’s much harder to take. It’s actually easier to die for your faith than to live for it.

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