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Stand for what you believe in – Part 2

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Rev. Msgr. Osu,

Rev. Msgr. Osu,

In particular, our brothers and sisters in the Northeast parts of the country, including Abuja, are daily facing persecutions bothering on their beliefs as Christians. Each day, they wake up to the realisation that their homes and farm lands are no longer theirs, having been over-run by heartless terrorists and herdsmen who delight in bathing with human bloods.

For these hapless Christians who have been forced to flee their homes and livelihood and lose their loved once for no just cause, life could be hellish and frustrating. Faced with a choice of compromising their religious beliefs for personal comfort at gun point, it obviously takes the special grace of God to remain faithful.

If you too were faced with such a gloomy situation, what would be your reaction? Would you remain faithful when you are confronted with a life-threatening situation that beholds on you not to compromise your belief system? In reality, how many of us can beat our chest with confidence and say we are Christians in truth and in deed?

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Do we really understand what it means to be followers of Christ; to let go of everything and follow him without looking back? The truth is that being a Christian does not lie only in professing it but also in living in conformity with its norms and teachings. Anyone can claim to love Jesus, but have you been tested and found worthy? What would you do at that cross-road between life and death?

Very Rev. Msgr. Osu, Director, Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.

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