“We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint,” Centanni later told Fox. “Don’t get me wrong here. I have the highest respect for Islam, and I learned a lot of good things about it, but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns, and we didn’t know what the hell was going on.”

Freed Kidnapped Journalist from Gaza

I’m not going to criticize or make presumptions regarding the two captives who were freed.

But I couldn’t help but cringe when I read this. What would I do? Seemingly “convert” so I could be freed..all the while keeping my heart and spirit trusting in Christ for my salvation and deliverance from my captives. Or not convert and be killed.

I know that a few years ago I would have judged these journalists for converting to Islam and not taking the martyrs road. But you know…now I don’t know…would I be willing to die instead of playing the game? Who knows?  Who can say? I’ve not been in that position. I hope I never am.


  1. That is a hard thing to think about. I, too, desire to be where the Lord wants me to be in a situation like that no matter how afraid I may be.

    Only He can change our hearts to make us more like Him in that area!


  2. My flesh cries out, “what about Munchkin? Who would care for her if you were gone!?”

    My spirit echoes the words of Paul, “to live is Christ; to die is gain.” If I were confronted with a choice to convert or die – my prayers would be of a grateful heart, that God would call me to bear such a visible witness and also of request, “Lord, she never was mine – protect her and nurture her into the woman that you would have her be – even without me.” And then, I would go home – which is where my spirit longs to be anyway.

    This is quite revolutionary for me – and only a recent conviction. In the face of that kind of choice, I am willing to die for my faith.


  3. Amen. I think that our relationship with God changes daily like the tide if we are not careful to stay close to Him and on any given day, I may be weak enough to give in.


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