It couldn’t happen here, right?

The persecution of Christians around the world is well documented by groups like Voice of the Martyrs and Persecution.org. We can pray for and support our brothers and sisters in other countries who are suffering because of their faith in Christ — like Yousef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor in Iran who has spent more than 1,000 days in prison because he refuses to deny Christ. We need to be aware of brothers and sisters like him. We need to remember that Christ, Himself, told us the world would hate us because of our love for Him. We also need to know that we are not immune from such things in countries where we’ve previously enjoyed a great deal of religious freedom. A day may soon be coming when we, too, end up behind bars because of our belief in the Lord Jesus.

Consider the tone of the language we hear on the news. People are vilified because they oppose abortion. They have no right, it is said, to express their views against abortion because in expressing their views they are being “intolerant” and could “incite” others to violence. The same is said about people who regard homosexuality as sinful. They are “intolerant.” They “incite” violence. Ditto for people who dare believe that Jesus Christ is the only means of reconciliation between God and man. That view is “intolerant” of the diversity in our culture. It could “incite” violence against other religions. It is not too big a leap from where we are today to a place where pastors are jailed for the public proclamation of Scripture.

No?

You think I’m off base?

Ok.

Oh, just one thing, check out this article before you go.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

3 Responses to It couldn’t happen here, right?

  1. Joanna says:

    The government has legalized the sacrifice of the nation’s unborn children to Molech and yet has somehow convinced a large number of the populace that pro-lifers are the threat? It is the wicked deception of those who are perishing because they refused to love the truth and so be saved (ref 2 thes 2:10). Glad my true citizenship is in the heaven, and I am eagerly awaiting my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, from there (ref Phil 3:20); further I am waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God (ref 2 Peter 3:12). Until then I will make it my ambition to lead a quiet life: mind my own business and work with my hands so that my daily life may win the respect of outsiders so
    that I will not be dependent on anybody, especially this government (ref 1 Thes 4:11-12); further I will do the Lord requires of me acting justly lovinge mercy and walk humbly with him (ref Micah 6:8), all the while rejoicing, continually praying and giving thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus (ref 1 Thes 5:16-18). Well, I’ll try-pray for me 😉
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  2. Joanna says:

    Reblogged this on 4D Farm & Rabbitry and commented:
    Thideology is my friend and brother (in Christ) Chip’s blog, he is a very godly-wise individual who often articulates (though much more eloquently) what I know about matters of faith. This reblog is of his post from today; US Christians really need to take notice, think, pray and live accordingly. You can find my comments to Chip’s post on his blog.

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