Persecution?

02Mar10

So I was listening to Pandora today to a more-or-less “Christian” playlist when I heard this advertisement about persecution and indoctrination of Christians on campuses in America. By indoctrination, I assume it means “education” that in some way goes against Christian doctrine or questionably presumes something to be true without considering alternative viewpoints. The advertisement pointed me to SpeakUpMovement.org, a website devoted to promoting religious rights at public universities. The web-designer in my applauds the graphics, but the Christian in me has a lot of questions.

First of all, the mission statement reads “Illegal discrimination against Christians on public university campuses is pervasive and must be confronted.” and the rest of the website reads similarly. As an American, I agree very strongly with this cause [and I believe that hate-speech and discrimination against Christians is very real as I have witnessed it]; however, as a Christian, I strongly disagree with the cause. I’ll try to explain:

As Christians, we should expect and embrace persecution (even trivial persecution like Blasphemy Day). First of all, the Gospel grows the fastest in times of persecution. Secondly, in the Beatitudes, Jesus says that those who are persecuted are blessed. Thirdly, in Acts 5:41, it says the Apostles rejoiced because they were counted worthy of suffering disgrace for Jesus’ name [this took place after they were verbally abused for sharing the Gospel]. Fourthly because of all that love your enemiesstuff. Finally, unsettling though our ‘persecutions’ may be, people sometimes die for the Kingdom and, in lieu of that fact, our ‘speaking up’ seems a lot like childish whining and complaining.

As an American, I’m all about standing up for peoples’ rights; however, I forfeited my worldly rights (and any notion that anything I have hasn’t been graciously given me by the Father) at the cross and so I can’t legitimately stand up or speak up for myself any longer. Instead, I’ll keep trying [and probably failing] to do what God asks of me without regard to how I’m treated. Also, it should be noted that we who were washed in Jesus’ blood belong to the Kingdom first and foremost because, believe it or not, America will fade away as she is part of the world. She is one of those things that Jesus warns against putting our treasures [read: ‘identities’ in this scenario] in because she can be destroyed by moth and flame and rust, figuratively. The reasons to regard ourselves as citizens of the Cross and not American citizens is a topic unto itself.

Here’s a blurb about Christian persecution and discrimination from ChristianityToday that just samples from 1 Peter.

You may be rejected simply because of your Christian faith. In more restrictive societies (such as Peter’s time and place), Christians could expect social rejection, job discrimination, political persecution, and even death. Peter’s words to his friends offer support for your own rejections: “Beloved, do not think it strange” (4:12). “Rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when his glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (4:13). “If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (4:14). “Commit [your soul] to doing good” (4:19).

Christians in all eras have suffered (and are still suffering), so you may occasionally join their ranks. Peter’s words can help you endure with confidence. (See also Daniel 6; John 15:18-27; Hebrews 10:32-39; Revelation 14:12, 13.)

If anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. 1 Peter 4:16 – Link to source

This is my personal stance on Christian persecution: that it is a blessing and an honor and I don’t want a law to be the thing preventing people from expressing hatred towards us. Moreover, outlawing discrimination does nothing to solve the heart issue of hatred in the first place. Additionally, Persecution often turns into opportunity to spread the faith, not to mention share in Jesus’ suffering (suffering he endured for us, mind you). Remember: we might be persecuted even unto death, but we have salvation which is much more valuable than a long and comfortable life.

Plus it kind of prevents those of us who are only in this whole ‘Christianity’ thing because it’s fashionable from staining Jesus’ name. And trials strengthen us. And God is in control: He won’t allow any bad thing happen to you that isn’t useful for His kingdom.

I could go on all night but this has distracted me from homework long enough. Besides, I want to hear what you think…

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