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EditorsJan 15, 2016 12:00:00 AM1 min read

Taking Up Your Cross Has A High Price Tag

The "Do You Believe?" team met Kelvin Cochran, the Atlanta Fire Chief who was fired for his faith. We asked Chief Cochran to watch the movie and share his thoughts with you, which he does below. Join Chief Cochran in seeing the movie this week when it debuts on and please continue to pray for Kelvin and his family.

"Do You Believe?" is a powerful depiction of the sovereignty of God in our lives. The movie is an amazing reminder of how the lives of common, everyday people work together in divine harmony to reveal the grace of God through his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus himself used common everyday people—fishermen, a physician, and even a tax collector—to turn the whole world upside down.

The movie’s theme of “taking up your cross” resonates with me after having lost my 34-year, childhood-dream-come-true career. How did I lose my job as a fire chief? By freely expressing my faith in a book I wrote on my own time for a Christian men’s Bible study.

My story is a real-life testimony that taking up your cross has a high price tag on it. "Do You Believe?" captures the reality that there are costly, worldly consequences for standing on biblical truths and values. True believers act on their beliefs in spite of the cost. We know as believers, there are also kingdom consequences for standing on biblical truths that are far greater than the worldly consequences.

Like Bobby, the EMT in the movie, if I had to do it all over again, I would make the same decision. Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of adverse consequences for the free expression of speech and religion.

After watching this awe-inspiring movie, my resolve to have a living, active faith in Jesus Christ is even stronger. I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back!

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