Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Seen Any Persecution Lately?


It's embarrassing that American Christians complain of persecution. We occasionally get made fun of by some blowhard on the internet, at work, or on the Bill Maher show! Compare that to what Christians in other lands go through! Compare it to history!

We've been spared and we should be thankful! I think the founding principles of this country have facilitated God's blessings. And you know the drill: our move away from that spiritual heritage makes us increasingly vulnerable to real persecution! Not just Christians, but all people. When evil goes unchecked, all suffer.

But wait! Isn't it a given that the follower of Christ will always, in all circumstances, be persecuted? The Scriptures seem to promise persecution for the godly (2 Timothy 3:12), but I wonder to what extent?

Here's why I ask. Don't you think that if Christ transforms a culture, country, or community, persecution will be limited there? After all, the goal is for God's will to be done "on earth" as it is in heaven! And the Bible also promises times of peace (Isaiah 2:4). Maybe the scriptural promises of persecution entail a general principle rather than a hard and fast rule. Can we work to prevent it?

In America, we're in a position to help those who are being persecuted! We are not to be paralyzed by a false Persecution Complex.

Here's our opportunity: The Voice of the Martyrs.

4 comments:

  1. Persecution is never pleasant either be it physical or psychological. I am not sure we can prevent it but we could pray for our leaders so that they could foster peace which we much need (1 Timothy 2:2-4).

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  2. Thanks, Eric! Yes, Paul says to pray for leaders "so that we may have peaceful and quiet lives"! (1 Timothy 2:2).

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  3. A form of persecution is already here. Remember the government fined a Christian couple $135k for not baking a cake for a gay wedding. Also Hobby Lobby and a catholic charity were forced to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to not be forced to provide abortion inducing "birth control". And also adoption agencies have been forced out of operation because they won't participate in adoptions by gay couples. Here in CA it is ILLEGAL for a parent of a Christian teen struggling with homosexual desires to take that child to ANY form of counseling or therapy geared towards assisting that child in overcoming and removing such desires. In Canada pastors have been imprisoned for teaching the Bible under "hate speech" laws.
    So of course I'm not trying to contradict you or claim its as bad here as elsewhere where people are arrested and killed for their faith. But I'm just saying a soviet style persecution is forming in the west. The government (specifically the judiciary) and media are controlled by left wing extremists and they are only fine with Christianity so long as it is submitted to their sensibilities and conformed to their mold.

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  4. Joshua, I agree! I could have included your examples as an exception of sorts to my post, but I didn't want it to get too long. You provided that for us and I hope to expand on it soon. Please keep contributing.

    BTW, I certainly agree that the bulk of the judiciary and mainstream media are under the influence of leftists. The only solution I see is for people of faith to gain influential positions in those fields.

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