From the Persecuted to the Persecutor?
On this July 4th; as we celebrate the independence day of the United States of America, it is also important for us all to acknowledge the simple fact that the word "united" seem to be missing from the Church, especially our country these days.
As Christians, the big questions we should be asking ourselves is:
- Have we somehow gone from being the Persecuted to now the Persecutor?
- Are we harassing and forcing religion on people through our political beliefs?
To persecute people is to pursue them with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of their religious or political beliefs, ethnic or racial background, gender, and/or sexual orientation.
Having a different belief from someone doesn't give anyone the right to become a persecutor. We cannot complain about being persecuted for being a Christian and then turn around doing the same. The Bible is clear about Christians to expect persecution as part of our journey, and not the other way around. Happy 4th to everyone as we reflect on these things.