Persecution appears to be a dirty word to Christians these days. After all it’s not politically correct to speak about the horror Christians might be facing in this world or even in our own country. Let’s just conform. Be politically correct. Don’t make waves.
If we call attention to persecution we might not be forgiving enough. Or loving enough. We might end up being singled out as a bigot, a phobic, anti-racial or a nut. If we speak out, the world without Christ will turn the table on us and make the persecuted look like the problem.
Persecution stalks its hosts until it finds an opening. It crosses boundaries, infiltrates our society, our faith, different races, and ages. If you become a host persecution will imprison you. Left ignored it will eventually blind you, destroy the truth, and water down the message.
We can’t continue to dance on the edge of the abyss of persecution. It exists. Once it gets a foothold we can not turn a blind eye to this demonic stronghold. It can kill the victim and host without blinking. That is the goal of any demonic stronghold.
What can we do to stop persecution from infiltrating and eventually destroying our lives?
1. Read the word of God. Listen to pastors who don’t water down the message. Do not allow the message of those stroking your itchy ears to take over your life.
2 Timothy 4:3For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,
2. Become familiar with the pathways to persecution in your life, your country, and your neighborhood. Anything that deceives or distorts the message of Christ and spiritual correctness in our lives is a pathway.
Psalm 119:128 I follow the straight paths of your guiding principles. I hate every pathway that leads to lying.
3. Join hands with others who speak the truth. Pray for persecuted Christians.
2 Corinthians 4:1-3 We don’t become discouraged, since God has given us this ministry through his mercy. 2Instead, we have refused to use secret and shameful ways. We don’t use tricks, and we don’t distort God’s word. As God watches, we clearly reveal the truth to everyone. This is our letter of recommendation. 3So if the Good News that we tell others is covered with a veil, it is hidden from those who are dying.
2 Timothy 3:12 Those who try to live a godly life because they believe in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
4. Take a stand. Don’t allow political correctness to invite persecution. In the end persecution can’t win when we have truth and Christ on our side.
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven! The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways.
Matthew 10:23 So when they persecute you in one city, flee to another. I can guarantee this truth: Before you have gone through every city in Israel, the Son of Man will come.
Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and don’t curse them.
5. Be aware of the difference between right and wrong. Sin is described well in the Bible. Anything that goes against Christ [the Word] is anti-Christ. Don’t join anti-Christ thinking.
2 John 1:7 [ Reject Teachers Who Don’t Teach What Christ Taught ] Many people who deceive others have gone into the world. They refuse to declare that Jesus Christ came in flesh and blood. This is the mark of a deceiver and an antichrist.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.