Here are four examples of courageous faith and trusting in God's sovereignty. Following each example are similar present-day scenarios today's Christians are finding themselves:
- Joshua and Caleb chose to speak the truth and trust in God's sovereignty — despite the intense peer-pressure from eight fellow team members who succumbed to fear. They endured the 40-year "detour" to the Promised Land due to the disbelieving eight; nevertheless, God blessed their faithfulness. (Numbers 13:25-33)
- Christian students attending public schools face incredible pressure, from teachers and peers alike, to stay silent about their beliefs — or to disavow them altogether.
- Whether in the workplace or social circles, Christians today are often being pressured to "approve" of same-sex marriage to get along and be accepted by the crowd.
- Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, appointed Babylonian government officials while Daniel was at the king's court, chose to hold to their religious convictions and refused a new public policy mandating they bow down to the king's idol — even in the face of certain death. With all respect and deference to authority, they chose to trust in God's sovereignty. (Daniel 3)
- As part of the new ObamaCare law, businesses are being forced to accept the new HHS abortion mandate or be heavily fined. More than 40 lawsuits filed by Christian companies are working their way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Stephen, "a man full of grace and power" became the first Christian martyr following Christ's ascension into heaven. Unbelievers rose up against him as they "were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking." After being falsely accused and tried before the Council, Stephen was stoned, during which he cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." (Acts 6, 7)
- Cassie Bernall , the 17-year old Columbine student often credited for saying, "Yes" to the question, "Do you believe in God?" before being shot in 1999, was active in her church and Bible Study group. Her faith inspired a generation of students to seek God.
- While in Thyatira, Paul and Silas were falsely accused, unlawfully beaten and imprisoned by the local authorities for healing a slave girl, as it negatively impacted local merchants' profits. When released, Paul chose not go in secret; but rather, he respectfully insisted the officials publicly escort them — thus exposing their offense. (Acts 16:16-40)
- Following the win of Proposition 8 in 2008, a ballot initiative solidifying marriage as one man and one woman, countless Californians were harassed by gay activists, their cars and homes vandalized and their employers were vilified for having hired them. ("Counting the Cost," Citizen, Oct. 2011, p. 17)
- Three days after being hired, Fox Sports commentator Craig James was fired on Sept. 2, 2013. His "crime"? He voiced his Christian beliefs about biblical marriage — during his 2012 U.S. Senate bid.