John 16”1-4 (NIV 1984)
16 “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.”
I really pay attention to the news. I don’t just listen to the nightly news, local and national, but also watch, read or listen to news reports across the world from the web, especially news from Israel. Israel really keeps a finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world. They have to; this tiny nation has to constantly be on guard because they are surrounded by professed enemies that want to eliminate them.
Christianity is again facing persecution as well. Christianity is birthed from Judaism; ultimately we worship the same God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Both have faced persecution through the years, several thousand for Jews, and 2,000 for Christians. One really has to answer this question, why? It comes down to this, worship of the true God is seen by our adversary, satan, and he and his demons are on the attack of those that follow the true God.
Satan has been enticing people, leaders and nations to try to eliminate both Jew and Christians from this earth for centuries. Attila The Hun, Maximilien Robespierre, Ruhollah Khomeini, Idi Aman Dada, Leopold II of Belgium, Pol Pot, Vlad Tepes, Ivan IV of Russia, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Hiroshito of Japan, plus many others in our modern history such as Assad in Syria, and atrocities that have occurred in Sudan, Rwanda, Liberia, etc. are examples of ruthless murderers that have slaughtered millions of people, most of whom were Jewish or Christian.
Right now, Syria is in a civil war, thousands are being slaughtered by this Arabic Islamic regime, Christians have been displaced from their homes and/or murdered and Israel is on standby to potentially attack Syria as an offense to protect their nation against a potential chemical or biological warfare attack against Israel. Over the past year we have witnessed the United Nations and world do nothing but “denounce” their actions and impose sanctions against them. We stand by as yet again, a ruthless regime murders innocent people.
The question I have is why? The world is becoming deathly afraid of Islam. I am not personally attacking the people in that religion, but who has been behind terrorism in the past 50 years? Who is attacking Israel? Who was behind 9-11? Who has said they want Israel and the USA wiped off the face of the earth? Who murders Christians and Jews for their faith? Who calls Christians and Jews and non-believers “Infidels”? Okay, call a spade a spade; it is the leaders and followers of Islam that follow the instructions given by the leaders to carry out the murder of the “infidels”. There are several verses in the Koran that give that command. It has been carried out in the past and is carried out now. Not all ruthless dictators and leaders have been Muslim, but Satan has used what was popular in the world to attack Jews and Christians in the past. The fastest growing religion now is Islam. Read the scripture above again. Islamic radicals are fulfilling this scripture right now. They murder Jews and Christians and believe that they are doing God a favor.
Additionally, churches, especially in America are becoming more liberalized and re-defining God’s word to submit to the world, instead of Jesus. Satan is behind this as well, twisting God’s word, and using it to fool people. There are churches that are now forcing out true followers of Jesus for sticking to their beliefs, in what the bible tells us is the truth. It’s becoming epidemic in America that the American Church is becoming so liberal, that church is about making yourself feel good hearing the “prosperity gospel”, asking people for more money, becoming too much of an entertainment factor and attractional versus corporately worshipping God and putting Him first.
Then there is the persecution of Christian business owners. One example is Chick-Fil-A. They stand for traditional marriage that is laid out by God in the bible. They have said nothing derogatory against gay people, do not refuse business from anyone based on race, color, age, sexual orientation, etc., and do not discriminate when hiring team members. But, the progressive, socialist, anti-Christ left in this nation have attacked them. City governments are trying to illegally stop this company from opening new stores (I.E. Chicago). Why? Because they are standing up for their beliefs.
I have heard it said that if all Christians would be as faithful to their religion as Muslims, Hindu’s and Buddhists, the world would be a better place. As we face more persecutions, as America faces the potential for a socialist or control by a ruthless dictator, it is time for the followers of Jesus to repent of our sins, band together as followers of Jesus, and put God first publicly and stand up for our Lord and Savior. Yes, we can do it with love, compassion and patience, but it is time our voice is heard. We are at a tipping point right now, we either will stand for what is right, or we will be on the receiving end of a murderous dictator that will slaughter Christians and Jews right here in America. Let’s stop the atrocities where they are occurring now in the world, and stand up for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In the words of Casting Crowns:
But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
Father in heaven, I pray that Christians in this world will stand up for you. That we won’t just sit back and pray, but will take your Truth to the streets, stop evil and spread the good news. Then Lord, help us to disciple the new believers and prepare the future generations to serve a loving God that tells us to love our neighbors, not kill them. In Jesus name, Amen.