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Strength and Dignity

A final testimony by an African Christian just before he was martyred for his faith, by the tribe he once belonged to.

“I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or back away.


My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.


I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognised, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, live by prayer and labor with power.


My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I can not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed.


I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.


I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, spoken for the case of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me.


My banner is clear. I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.”

For a little more information on the man who wrote this see here


10 comments on “Strength and Dignity

  1. This is great, but I reckon we only fully qualify to say even one of those things when we are, like this man was, facing deadly consequences for our profession of faith.

  2. is there an author?

  3. Powerful.

  4. Wow, I agree the poetry of it is appealing, and this from someone who doesn’t like poetry……..
    Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Reading the letter makes me ashamed of how little I MIGHT be able to face for my Saviour. Not having been tested like he was, I am not sure that my faith would be that strong. I am convicted to the depths of my soul. Thanks for sharing, Claire.
    Myra from Winnipeg

    • I don’t suppose anyone really knows how they would deal with it, and thank God, I doubt many of us will be in the same position as this man to find out.

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