The best way to be persecuted

Are you concerned that our devolving culture will persecute you for being faithful to Jesus? Your best strategy is to be, like Jesus, eager to do good for people in need.

“Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” (1 Peter 3:13-14 NLT)

Many of the people who most hate Christians have never met a genuine Christian. They were injured by religionists who wore Christian masks.

Many Americans who think they are Christians are deceived. In fact, they are self-absorbed members of a social club. Evidence that they are hardhearted toward the poor and oppressed is easily found by consulting their calendars and checkbooks.

When Christians become followers of Jesus and begin personally caring for “the least of these,” when God-haters see the authentic people of God wholeheartedly pursuing Kingdom justice, the social landscape can shift dramatically. An opportunity arises to show and share the truth about our brokenness and God’s restoring love.

They may not listen. Haters may still hate. But at least you will be persecuted for being legitimate followers of Jesus, instead of being hated because you look so much like the fake Christians who only caused more pain in an already broken heart.

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About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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