Q. I am a born again, Bible believing Christian and I also believe in a pre-trib rapture. But I must admit that lately I have been feeling so guilty asking for my family and I to be found worthy to be taken in the rapture considering the ongoing slaughter of my Christian brothers and sisters in the middle east. I feel so helpless about not giving them anything other than prayer (which is the most important thing I could do). I live in the US and I feel that all of us here in America take for granted the freedom, safety and blessings that the Lord has given us. I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around the thought that Christians in America can live a blessed life without any fear of losing our lives for our faith, not having to endure the hardship that our brothers and sisters in Christ are going thru in the middle East and then be taken in the rapture. Why should we expect to not go thru what they are going thru – isn’t that having our cake and eating it too?
A. I agree with everything you say about the vast majority of Western Christians, especially those in the US. And like you, my heart breaks and my prayers go out for those who are suffering and dying for their faith every day.
But remember, despite what you may have heard, there is only one qualification that can make us worthy to be taken in the rapture. That’s to believe Jesus died for our sins and rose again, or in other words to be born again. Those who are suffering and dying for their faith will receive a special crown at the Bema judgment, directly from the Lord Himself. It’s called the Crown of Life and is promised in James 1:12 and Rev. 2:10. But when the rapture comes, every born again believer will be taken.