Sunday Morning Word: American Persecution

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
John 15:18-19 (NIV)

“A day is coming when preaching Jesus won’t be so simple, won’t be so easy,” and Jackie Hill Perry asks us, “Are you ready?”

Are we truly ready? Even when it’s simple, some of us still don’t preach the Gospel of  Christ, as instructed in the Great Commission. To go out and make disciples, baptizing them in name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey God’s commands (Matthew 28:19-20). There will come a time when it won’t be so easy to do this. However, the bigger problem is we’re not doing it now. As Jesus noted in Matthew 9:37, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”

Where are the workers willing to go out and collect God’s harvest, to bring those lost and seeking answers to the light of Christ? Have we forgotten our calling? Have we forgotten that Jesus promised to be with us? Have we forgotten that we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, a Counselor to guide us into all truth? Are we so afraid of being rejected, of being persecuted, of losing our freedoms that we cease to be Christian?

When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. (John 16: 8-11)

The world doesn’t want the conviction that the Holy Spirit brings. It hates the truth. It doesn’t want to be told that what it’s doing is wrong. It doesn’t want to be corrected. It will do everything in its power to silence anyone who speaks the Word of God because the Word of God directly conflicts with the world.

Will we allow ourselves to be silenced or will we continue to actively spread the teachings of Christ no matter the potential repercussions? Are we more fearful of the world’s hatred than we are of God’s wrath? “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10: 28).

Jackie Hill Perry warned that our persecution won’t be murder, but unbelief. These days, people are so busy trying to prove to the world what kind of Christian they are not that they forget the kind of Christian God called them to be. Eventually, we’ll all have to come before the throne in heaven and give an accounting of our works on earth. When that day comes, will he sit us on his right along with the righteous, or will he separate us to his left with the unbelievers and those who turned their backs on Christ?

Are we ready?

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5 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Word: American Persecution

  1. Standing up for what is right, true, or good is never easy when (most) everyone around you is doing what is easy or convenient.

    I found your blog from the A to Z Challenge sign-up page. Have you participated before now or is this your first year? They are also having a theme reveal link-up (if you are a ‘planner’ and intend your posts to have a theme). Anyway, welcome! I hope to come back and visit you during the month of April!

    LuAnn (#378 on the list) @ Back Porchervations.
    (and one of co-host AJ Lauer’s #wHooligans)

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    1. Thanks for the welcome! I participated in the A to Z Challenge for the first time last year and had so much fun. So I’m doing it again this year, but I haven’t thought of a theme yet. I would say I’m one of the ‘planners,’ but I’m just horrible at planning! lol

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  2. Great devotion/piece. It is encouraging, Sometimes being a witness can be hard but the thing is we Christians have the light of Christ and we are walking around in a dark world. We need to let our lights shine, even in the face of darkness and hurtfulness so others will believe in Jesus too. Thank you for your strong words and witness.

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    1. Thank you, and you’re absolutely right. Despite the obstacles, and the negative reactions that others may have, we can’t allow any of that to deter us from our mission. Spreading Jesus’ love is more important. 🙂

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