Jim Denison: How Alex Trebek and Hailey Bieber Show Us 2 Steps to Biblical Courage

Alex Trebek has announced that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The legendary Jeopardy! host told his fans, “I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.” He added courageously, “With the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

On the theme of courage in the news, Martha McSally disclosed this week that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer. The ex-pilot and current Arizona senator told an interviewer yesterday that she made her announcement to bring attention to the problem of sexual assaults in the military.

Speaking to other sexual abuse victims, the senator said, “Don’t let your assaulter rob you of your future. Don’t do it.” She hopes that telling her story will “inspire others to get through their own dark times.”

Since the Pentagon recently reported that incidents of sexual assault at military academies are up by nearly 50 percent, Sen. McSally’s statement is even more significant and urgent.

HAILEY BIEBER’S LIFE MISSION

Living as fallen people with other fallen people on a fallen planet requires courage.

Supermodel Hailey Bieber recently discussed her life mission, declaring that the “bigger purpose” behind her modeling career is “to be a light in this place.” She added: “I’m here to represent Jesus through me for other people—for His will to be done.”

Meanwhile, a pro-life mother has started a fashion brand called “Culture of Life.” She told an interviewer that she and her daughters have always had a passion for shopping. When they learned that many of their favorite clothing lines were supporting Planned Parenthood, she began her own brand.

(For a list of more than forty fashion designers who support Planned Parenthood, see this Forbes article.)

“NOT KNOWING WHERE HE WAS GOING”

Courage is a consistent theme across Scripture in the lives of those used greatly by God.

Abraham obeyed God’s call to leave his home “not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). Moses and Aaron risked their lives to stand before Pharaoh. David faced Goliath; Daniel faced a lions’ den; Peter and John faced the Sanhedrin with “boldness” (Acts 4:13); Paul faced persecution and multiple death threats across his missionary career.

Would we do the same today?

Jesus faced “trials” (Luke 22:28) and warned us that we would do the same (John 15:20). Satan attacks those who threaten him. Those who oppose God will oppose those who serve God.

The hostility Christians face in our culture is especially daunting because it is so unrelenting. Every day’s news brings another story supporting abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and other unbiblical positions while demeaning Christians who disagree.

To stand firm every day, we need strength beyond our own. Consider two priorities that empower and encourage God’s people today.

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Source: Christian Headlines