Saturday, November 22, 2014

Newest Yet Oldest Persecution

I have seen a lot of things in the news putting a negative slant to Christianity. I feel the need in my spirit to say something, the same need that I feel whenever Christian values have been insulted and demeaned.

Don't let this newest persecution harm your faith. It is not wrong to stand up for your beliefs. Don't be fooled by all the publicity. That is the world is condemning them for standing up for their own beliefs.

In this country, we still have both freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The people are free to choose if they want to believe anything, how they believe it, and they are free to talk about it. Do NOT let the devil take those freedoms from you.

The media loves to report on situations like this, making anyone who follows "old world values" out as bigots and homophobic. They guilt trip everyone who doesn't believe exactly how they do into thinking that if they are in support of Puritanical values, than they are idiots. Satan would deny us the right to believe how we do, so that we might believe like the media does. They believe that people should never be judged, yet they judge those who believe in Jesus as hating our fellows. This is just the newest generation of persecution.

"We proudly tell God's other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering." 2 Thessalonians 1:4

Make it your goal to be like that church in Thessalonica. Endure this current wave of persecutions. Be strong and courageous. Don't doubt your faith.

"But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit. Live in such a way that God's love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you. Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgement. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren't contaminated by their sins." Jude 20-23

Love the sinner, regardless of you they are and what they have done. But that doesn't mean that you have to love and embrace the sin.


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