Christian Persecution is serious and it happens all over the world. Persecution might not be physical abuse, but it can be words or actions that governments take in effort to “help” their country. Many Christians today don’t have the courage and faith to stand up for what is right, let alone to stand up for the one who died for them (Jesus). One thing is sure–all Christians will face some type of persecution in days to come.
2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Ye, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
I don’t believe most of us are ready for that time, but we should be. We need to prepare for persecution from Satan, The World, and even from our Loved Ones.
There is no doubt that Satan enjoys persecuting Christians. Satan is the trying to get to our minds so he can take over our thoughts. The definition of persecution found in the Webster’s 1828 says,
“To harass with unjust punishment or penalties for supposed offenses; to inflict pain from hatred or malignity.”
Satan harasses us by tempting us to do things we know we shouldn’t like listening to music that can become a negative influence, going to the wrong places, and watching movies or TV shows that could cause us to become ungodly. If he can convince us to do any of these things, he has us hooked.
Satan is the ruler of this world. This world is made up of lots of people who have their own opinions, beliefs, and religions. With differing mind sets, it’s difficult to have our own opinions without being judged. Differing opinions and beliefs often lead to persecution. Remember in the Bible when Saul (later known as Paul) persecuted Christians for what they believed? It’s just like that today. Countries overseas persecute Christians every day because of their belief in Christ. Isn’t it wonderful to live in a nation where we can live and worship freely? We ought to take advantage of that freedom!
One of the most difficult things to go through in life is when someone you love does not see eye to eye with your faith. It hurts even though the persecution isn’t physical. But we have to stand for what we know is right, even when our family doesn’t stand with us. Job stood right in his faith when his wife told him to curse God and die. We should have a firm faith. A faith that keeps us planted near the throne of God.
Habakkuk 2:4 says, “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by faith”
Adrianna Maria – Column: Faith
Adrianna Pena is an 18-year-old senior in high school. She’s a girl who has a passion for writing and a love for her Savior. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, and playing piano. She’s also a major coffee addict!