It comes with the territory

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:10 ESV

Christians around the world experience persecution.  Here in the United States we’re in something of a safe zone as compared to many other countries.  You’ve seen the news reports about the horrific treatment of Christians elsewhere who have been tortured and murdered for their faith.  However, we are certainly not immune.  Christians are the most persecuted religious group here in our own country.   

When you put yourself out in the public arena in support of Jesus Christ, expect criticism.  Here’s a small example.  On Easter Sunday I posted about what He did for us and included a photograph of The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem.  A total stranger replied with wild accusations–false statements about my motives.  He closed with profanity.   

I feel sorry for him.  Of course, we are to forgive those who hate us.  I harbor no ill will or dislike for him on a personal level.  He obviously has problems.  I checked out his Facebook page and learned that he is an atheist.  The name of Jesus or God offends him.  It’s interesting that he tripped across me.  I suspect belittling Christians may be his hobby, so he looks for posts like mine.  I hope he will wake up and find the truth.  

Have you ever saved anyone’s life?  Years ago I jumped fully clothed into the deep end of a swimming pool to rescue a toddler who had stepped in at the wrong place.  His parents were grateful, and I felt good about my role.  Just imagine how awesome it would be to lead someone to salvation and save their life eternally.   All of us have this opportunity!   

With experience we learn how to share our testimony about Jesus Christ with others.  It may be difficult and awkward at first, but with time it becomes easier and natural.  Tell others about Him.  You may be rejected or criticized, but it comes with the territory, and your testimony may make a difference eternally.   

Prayer:  Dear God, help us to love those who don’t love us.  Help us to reach others in Jesus’s name.  Amen 

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