The persecution of Christians in America pales in comparison to what is experienced by brave believers in places like Burma, the Middle East, Africa and China. These committed disciples of Jesus put their lives on the line every day, standing up for God’s truth.
But it would be a mistake for us to not keep an eye on the increased discrimination Christians in the United States are coming under.
We live a very comfortable life in America compared to our brothers and sisters around the world.
We can still openly proclaim our faith and stand on God’s truth. But that is slowly beginning to change. And we would be foolish to think we might not wake up one day and be faced with a decision to choose a continued life of comfort or risking it to stand strong on God’s truth.
In Luke 9: 25-26 Jesus asks: “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet lose or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in glory…”
There will come a time in this country when self-professed believers will have to choose between things of this world—and our commitment to Jesus Christ. It is easy where we sit right now to claim we will never deny Jesus—but when the heat gets turned up, will we stand strong for Him? Or give into our fears and submit to the world?
It is good to remember the story of the Apostle Peter—who told Jesus he would follow him to his death—but shortly after denied even knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior was led to his death. When push comes to shove, will we deny our faith when we face persecution? Or will we stand strong in our faith, committed to our Lord.
Maybe we will never be faced with this decision—but the way things are unfolding I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. Best to be prepared, with our lamps full of oil, preparing for difficult times as Believers. And never let fear grip our hearts. Whatever the world throws at us, we are sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ—and our eternal fate is secure in Him.