I read a book about the trials of women who have lived through and triumphed over addiction, abandonment, and abuse, and the author makes a really strong point.
The book says that all those who stand for Jesus are dangerous.
I'm not sure about you, but I've never thought of myself as "dangerous." I'm barely above five foot, and I'm pretty sure no one would ever perceive me as a threat.
But there's a word that is used simultaneously with dangerous, and it is risk.
I heard somewhere that every day we wake up and say a prayer to God thanking Him for letting us wake up, it is a risk. Every Wednesday night we go to church instead of staying home and relaxing is a risk. Every Sunday when we pay attention to the sermon instead of playing Candy Crush on our phones is a huge risk.
And when we take risks like this, we are considered dangerous.
Every time we spread our testimonies, someone listens. When someone listens, there is a potential for a change. And making a change is taking a risk.
The author says that people who are transformed by the all-consuming love of God are dangerous because the same love that transformed them can transform others. And evil doesn't like that.
The world around us is full of evil in so many different forms, and being bold about Jesus in this world is so dangerous — because evil prowls like a hungry lion (1 Peter 5:8).
In Alma Chapter 46, there were many people who were lured away from the church by the flattering words of the enemy such that those who remained faithful found it "precarious and dangerous" to stand up for the things of God. The "title of liberty" was raised as a rallying point for those who were still willing to defend the things of God.
Being dangerous doesn't always have to have a bad connotation to it. In some cases, it simply means continuing while all the odds are against you.
(Portions of this article were contributed by a member of the ministry)
Summer Reading Challenge Daily Assignment
1 Nephi 21-22