When I think about the persecution of Christians it saddens my heart… Not because we are innocently murdered, but because the killers are so lost that they actually believe killing Christians is going to solve their problems. (“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain…” Philippians 1:21) Let’s examine this for just a moment… What instance has there ever been where Christians bombed a building full of innocent people, or shot young adults on a college campus because they believe in Jesus Christ, or killed young children in Sunday school, or fellowship-ed with another religious group during one of their weekly meetings and then shot and killed all of them when it was over. How many times are Christians laughed at for our beliefs and made a mockery of, yet never to retaliate with that same violence or by returning the hate? (“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me…” Matthew 5:11) I find it interesting that as a peaceful group of believers, missioned for oneness, wholeness and unity, we are targeted with the exact opposite… The moment that we proclaim we are believers in the Holy Bible and Jesus Christ, we are immediately ridiculed and hated. Despite everyone’s “cry” for individuality and acceptance we receive the opposite, immediately judged and put under the radar and microscope to be dissected and picked apart. Has anyone ever asked themselves, why? Why do I hate them so much? Why do the words of the bible get under my skin and touch my soul? If something is completely untrue and irrelevant, why am I affected by it? None of us claim to have written the words in the Bible but we believe in a higher power that did. This power causes us to want to live in peace, whole and pure. We don’t judge those that do not live by the words we just pray for them, live by example and hope that they too will one day arrive at this place of peace, fullness and unity. (“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either…” Luke 6:28) We are driven to live differently, in a way that causes us to turn the other cheek, to pray for those who curse us, and to love one another despite our differences. THIS is how you show love, is by being it. What are persecutors do not realize or understand is that this life is not the end for us. It’s a blessing and an opportunity to be light in such a dark, dishonest, selfish and evil world. Despite those who take judgment into their own hands and play the part of God, we are purposed to be love and light, not condemnation to the world, our Savior will do that. We can only continue to hope and pray, that one day, we will all see the light, and we will all be free, from hurt, pain, and darkness.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…” John 8:32