Good Persecution

“It is a bad sign for the Christianity of this day that it provokes so little opposition. If there were no other evidence of it being wrong, I should know from that. When the church and the world can jog along together comfortably, you may be sure there is something wrong….

It is the church that has altered, not the world.”

Catherine Booth, Co-Founder of the Salvation Army.

It was true in 1800s and more so in 2016.

Now, if you’re getting persecuted because you’re being obnoxious and not a true Ambassador of God, then that’s self inflicted. However, if it’s after a clear and gracious presentation of truth with a heart to help then that’s simply the side effect of being in a fallen, “politically correct” world. As recorded in John 15:18-20, Jesus told us to expect nothing less.

Have a look at this article. This worthwhile read fully explores the contemporary issues with respect to persecution, compromise and what to do about it. Also, this article explores conflict and free speech with real life instances from someone on the front lines here in Australia.

Persecution, sometimes it’s good.

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
John 15:18-20

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