we need martyrs

What the age needs is not a genius — it has had geniuses enough, but a martyr, who in order to teach men to obey would [themselves] be obedient unto death. What the age needs is awakening. And therefore someday, not only my writings but my whole life, all the intriguing mystery of the machine will be studied and studied. I never forget how God helps me and it is therefore my last wish that everything may be to his honour.

Journal, Nov 20, 1847 (modified)

I really like that quote. I like the idea of the world needing martyrs. And I like the idea that I have to be willing to die for what I believe in. Yes, martyrs who follow Jesus to the cross.

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