When Persecution Comes
In America, Christians live in freedom but, many Christians around the globe live in persecution. As an American Christian I understand that my freedom of religion may not exist in the future. I understand that there are many who would love to strip the rights of those with faith. Undoubtedly, pro-homosexual activists want to eliminate religious freedom in the name of “diversity”. Also, we will see more and more atheist groups take down the Ten Commandments from public places because, to them, it is offensive. While these things eliminate religious freedom they do not amount to persecution but, with all honesty, I expect persecution to come to America because we see evidence around us. Around the world we see stories like what came out of an Egyptian court. The Assyrian International News Agency reported this:
The verdict passed by the Minya Criminal Court on May 21 convicting 12 Copts [Egyptian Christians] to life imprisonment while acquitting eight accused Muslims in the same case, known as Abu Qurqas sedition, has caused widespread anger among the Copts. Georges Wahib of United Copts, who attended the court session, said that when judge Abdel Fattah Ahmed al-Sughayar pronounced the verdict at the court yesterday, ‘there was complete silence, as it came as a shock to everyone, then cries of grief and wailing could be heard from the Coptic families with shouts of we are innocent, while the Muslim side broke out into jubilation and shouts of Allahu Akbar.’
Egyptian Christians get a life sentence but, the Egyptian Muslims get acquitted for the same crime. This is a common occurrence in the Muslim world but, what about injustice in America? There can’t be any instances of injustice towards Christians here right?…think again. At Vanderbilt University Christians are being discriminated against by the university. The Christian Post reported this:
A Christian student group at Vanderbilt University has been told by the school’s administration that it will lose its recognized status on campus unless the group removes its requirement that its leaders have a ‘personal commitment to Jesus Christ,’ says a Christian legal association.
According to The Christian Post these kids are being threatened because their group says that participants should have a personal commitment to Jesus. Any rational person can see that this type of threat is discriminatory but, don’t hold your breathe waiting for the ACLU to aid the Christians in this case.
The truth is that persecution is happening to Christians around the world and persecution will come to Christians here in America. Jesus says these words in Matthew 10:25:
It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. -ESV
When persecution comes will you be ready for it?
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