Okay, here’s my hot take for the week: I think some Christians want to be persecuted.
We’re seeing this in the current social and political climate here in America. Yes, the world is opposed to the things of God. No, not all government is good. Yes, all government is ordained by God. No, Christians are not called to create a hostile climate where one does not exist.
Who then will harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear them or be intimidated, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. Yet do this with gentleness and reverence, keeping a clear conscience, so that when you are accused, those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. — 1 Peter 3:13-17 (CSB)
If there isn’t a good, gospel, biblical reason for disobeying the rules and laws set forth by government, then we are to obey them. Yes, even if our disobedience is “doing good” in our estimation. Yes, even if “those guys” (i.e., protestors) are able to do worse things without repercussions. Yes, even when it’s inconvenient.
There’s little doubt that persecution will increase here in our spoiled western world. The Bible promises that. But let’s not invite it. Let’s not acquire a martyr complex. Let’s be an example to the watching, fallen world. Let’s proclaim the gospel—not “our rights”—as long as we can.
Okay, now that half of you have unsubscribed, the other half of you can rest assured that, next week, I’ll probably be back to writing about the change of seasons and all things pumpkin. Until then, though, take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- This offers a wonderful reminder to be faithful—even in the mundane things of life—in seasons of waiting.
- Interesting thoughts on masked worship.
- I’ve been rethinking social media myself lately.
- Growing up, I wanted to be an archaeologist. Making a discovery like this would be so amazing!
- Fun fact: I’ve never read Tolkien. Nope, not even Lord of the Rings.
- This is a neat story.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- Lots of good thoughts here on church, state, and civil disobedience.
- Some information on the NASB 2020.
- Surfers gotta surf, I guess.
- In case you missed this post last weekend.
Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler. But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name.1 Peter 4:15-16 (CSB)