A Martyred Roman Soldier
So @sirknight started the first Steemit church here on Steemit. I'm not sure how serious he was being or what he had in mind, but I'm going to share one of my favorite stories from Jesus Freaks. This book was put together by a band called DC Talk. They have since split and all 3 of the singer's now have there own bands. Kevin Max, Michael Tait, and Toby Mac.
It's a group of short stories about martyrs from past to "present day". The torture and the conviction these people died with is either awe inspiring or crazy, depending what your beliefs are. After reading both of the books, their are 2 volumes, their is one story that sticks out to me.
It starts out with a group of Roman soldiers who converted from Catholicism to Christianity. Their lead commander found out and as punishment stripped them all naked and marched them out on a frozen lake to freeze to death. As time passed and no one renounced their beliefs he started offering forgiveness, money, and even started warm baths along the lake if anyone would renounce their beliefs.
The Christian soldiers spent the entire time worshipping, praying, and encouraging each other to stay strong as they slowly froze to death. Finally, one of them couldn't take it anymore and renounced his faith and jumped in one of the warm baths. Another soldier standing warm in his gear, moved by what he was seeing, ran out on the frozen lake, stripped off all his gear, and asked how he could become a Christian as well.
I'm inspired to try and live my life everyday in such a way that I inspire people to do better. Even though I always fall short I remind myself to get up and try again. I don't necessarily do this to convert people to Christianity, though that is a plus, I do it to try and inspire those around me to do better and change the world they live in.