The first century Christian Church faced discrimination and persecution to the point of imprisonment, torture, and even death. Yet God grew His Church through the testimony and teaching of the Apostles by the power of the Holy Spirit. There was little, if anything, the early church could do to fight discrimination and persecution.
Around the world these days we see an increase in persecution and murder of believers in many areas. ISIS thugs and radical Muslim terrorists around the globe celebrate the brutal torture and death of Christians, while other nations are clamping down on Christian churches and believers.
Here in America, atheists and secularists–emboldened by the horrendous Supreme Court decision on “same-sex marriage”–are flexing their muscle in the workplace, government, schools and media. Many feel it is only a matter of time before Biblical Christianity is in essence driven under ground.
Should we resist discrimination and persecution as Christians? If so, how do we do so in a way consistent with the Bible and the teachings of God? Julaine Appling from the Wisconsin Family Council joins us in the first segment to discuss why believers should be engaging in the battle as well as coming persecution of Christians in America.
Now, is there ever a time to violate a government’s rule? Yes—whenever a government commands us to do what God forbids, or forbids us to do what God commands. We ultimately obey a higher law, and that is God’s law. But even so, we as Christians have a responsibility—and here’s the hardest part of the message—to respect, submit to, and pray for human government and authority. We are to be, out of all people, model citizens. -Pastor Skip Heitzig
Always remember the importance of a healthy balance in faith and works (James 2:17-26) as we strive to understand the times in which we live!
Romans 12:21 states, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
We also discussed 2 Chronicles 7:12-16 (scroll over to view) in context making this point: though God spoke this directly to Solomon in regards to the temple, the principles of God hearing the cries of those willing to humble themselves, pray, and turn from their sin (wicked ways) apply to every believer today.
Regarding the increased discrimination today and upcoming persecution facing Christians in America, remember our brothers and sisters around the world enduring much harsher treatment, and consider these promises from Jesus:
Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12
More on the subject:
What is true persecution? Check out The Voice of the Martyrs