For members of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions today has been set aside to remember the great Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna who was one of the earliest Christian martyrs. As an evangelical I think he is someone who should be remembered no matter which expression of Christianity to which you adhere. Every time I hear to story of Polycarp before his martyrdom I am inspired to be a more loyal Christian.

The story, as recorded by Eusebius in his Ecclesiastical History, records the dialog between Polycarp and the proconsul who was demanding that Polycarp recant his faith in Christ or be executed for being disloyal to Caesar. While I encourage you to read the whole thing if you have not already I can only quote my favorite part of the exchange:

The Governor: ‘Swear, and I will set you free: execrate Christ.’

Polycarp: For eighty-six years I have been his servant, and he has never done me wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me? [1]

In the face of death Polycarp declared that Christ his King had never done him wrong in nearly nine decades of service. For some, like me, I think Christ has done me wrong if I am struggling financially or not feeling well. But Polycarp was correct, our King does us no wrong. May we be loyal to him in the face of those things that scare us but that are usually much less fearsome than death.
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[1] Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Book IV, Chapter XV