As Christian villager Asia Bibi languished in a Pakistani jail awaiting death by hanging for drinking water from a Muslim cup, two suicide bombers killed 85 worshippers in a Peshawar church. For Egypt's Copts, who risk having the small cross-tattoos many wear on their wrists burnt off with acid by militant Muslims, the Arab Spring has been wintry. In August it got worse: Muslim Brotherhood supporters, blaming them for the army's removal of president Mohamed Mursi, attacked more than 100 Christian sites - 42 churches were razed. In Somalia, al-Shabab, which slaughtered scores of people at a Kenyan shopping mall in September, has reportedly vowed to kill every Somali Christian. Four of every five acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians, according to the Germany-based International Society for Humans Rights. Read more here: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/age-of-intolerance-the-war-on-religion-20131101-2ws4o.html
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
Jesus said these words in John 15:18, and ever since He stepped out of heaven, and launched the Gospel that would free the world there are those who hate Jesus, and anyone with Him.
It’s not personal- they treat you bad because satan hates God (John 15:21) It’s because God kicked satan out of heaven for attempting an overthrow of God’s kingdom (see Isaiah 14:12-15). Since Genesis 3:15 on satan has decided the best way to destroy God is to destroy his chosen children= Christians. Over time & history satan has been successful to sow much hate into many hearts, and the results now is most religious discrimination or persecution in the world is directed at Christians.
WHY, do they do this ? “They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”- John 15:21 . These are souls blinded, souls lost. They are listening to the deceit of the devil. Jesus says they are acting this way with no-good-reason (John 15:25)
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” –Ephesians 6:12 (esv)
UNDERSTAND: This is war, and this is the last days. We don’t turn around and hate those people back. As Soldiers for Christ (2 Timothy2:3-4) we continue through the battlefield looking for the lost. Getting the Gospel to them, showing them a way off the battlefield, and getting Jesus in their heart. In the meantime the best way to get the enemy off out back is pray for the enemy, and Yes those who have persecuted Christians, including yourself (Matthew 5:44). For Christian Soldiers, Ephesians 6 gives us those tools to Armor Up and survive this Religious Rage in the world (blog coming soon). For those who are not Christians- I pray for you. You are defenseless, you lack protection, you lack your savior= J-E-S-U-S. These are the last days, and the religious rage will not get better. If you don’t know Jesus please stop, and think…… Ask yourself what is better in this world than the Jesus in the Gospels ? Who in this world is offering you a life after this world, a life better than this world ? – It’s Jesus who was given you this warning of is now & is more coming, and he said these words over 2000 years ago. He coming soon. Be ready to go home with him—start here: Steps 2B Saved.
Until next time- For the Saints & to the Lamb !
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, NLT or ESV Translation Use discernment (Acts 17:11, 1 Thes. 5:21).