Why is it that the Christians who are imprisoned, tortured, and otherwise persecuted are NOT those who carry out violence toward others? Why is that?
Their homes are burned; their children captured as slaves, or tortured and killed; they are imprisoned,
and beheaded! Why? Because they are so dangerous?
Because they are such a horrible threat?
Or is it because evil , working through men, seeks to
attack like a criminal – ONLY when they perceive that it is safe for them to do so without consequence?!
However, the Christian shows love to all! Why? Because
Jesus first loved us and gave Himself for us while we were lost. We do NOT accept the temptation to fight fire with fire!
Our “rights” come from God, not man! Our earthly
governments may assist, but they cannot give birth to, or guarantee our protection OR our rights!
These things all come from God!
Many are preaching that as times draw near, Christians will be relieved of persecution and suffering by being carried away in “the rapture”!
What does Jesus Christ have to say to us about that?
John 15:20. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you!
John 16:33 We will have tribulation in the world!
Matthew 10:22 We will be HATED by all for My name’s
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
Additionally: Matthew 5:12 says to rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven!
If we are especially blessed with safety, freedom, and
prosperity, we have a holy calling – a natural reaction to assist our brothers and sisters in need.
Pray always. Feed upon the Word as much as possible.
Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide
and protect you as part of Christ’s real body, built for His glory!
INTERCEDE on behalf of those in need, and for those who persecute
in Jesus’ name, according to His will, by the power and grace of His