Martyr: The Life Of Saint Sebastian

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The wise Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “It is better to die for something than to live for nothing.” (Martin Luther King) That quote best befits the life of Saint Sebastian- the martyr. If someone still used their faith and preached the gospel after suffering from torture, that shows they have a calling from The Lord. A purpose that cannot stop even if tortured, shot at, beaten or even killed. His faith influenced the way that we as humans live today with his courage. Saint Sebastian, the 11th Century missionary martyr killed by Emperor Maximian and Diocletian of Rome, died in an effort of wanting to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Rome, encouraging those who were martyred and others to keep their Christian Faith and finally in his effort to end the persecution of Roman Christian
Saint Sebastian was born in Narbonne, Gaul while raised in a strict Roman Catholic home while he “trained in the military as a young boy” (Catholic Online.) When he grew up he became a soldier and advanced to the top of his militia in 283 A.D (Catholic Online.) As he advanced in his class he ranked highest in his position. He then earned the position as “Captain of the Praetorian Guard by Emperor Diocletian.” (Catholic Online.) To have the position of a Praetorian Guard gives “high authority and social/economic power in the city of Rome” (Catholic Online.) This allowed Sebastian to do whatever he wanted. He also had the authority to execute anyone publicly for their use of Christian faith in public or at all.
Christianity was illegal in Rome and the leaders established major consequences if discovered a Christian. Sebastian had to keep his Christian faith on a low profile, but still worshiped God. Although, questioned as a Christian by his “moral standards.” (Catholic Exchange.) He completely avoided “having sex the soldiers, get drunk, or lust and act upon the other soldier’s wives” (Catholic Online.) Although questioned, he seemed like an honorable person as a “wise, smart and generous leader” (when it came to allocating soldiers for battle)(Catholic Online.) As a highly respectful and righteous person, his faith shown through the way his life even faced with the Evils of Rome.
Having the morals and values of a Christian along with the power of a general can be beneficial to a corrupted Roman society. Saint Sebastian’s work was very significant in Rome. “During 274 AD and 367 AD,” there was a time of “political,social and economic evils.” (The Evils of Rome) Whereas, the Political evils such as the rulers of their time such as “Diocletian, Maximian, Nero and Thucydides” affected the lifestyle of Rome, (The Evils of Rome) their rule also affected the society and culture due to their hatred, greed and evil. In which, Sebastian worked to fight against.During Sebastian’s time, sometimes even the good emperors “needed first to be utterly brutal in order to take power.” (The Evils of Rome) The corruption of the rulers and their influence on the people led to...

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