We’re Accelerating Toward Persecution. Hold On To Joy!

With this post I will (at last) echo some of my own writing at The Stream here at Thinking Christian.

If there’s a tipping point coming soon for Christians in America to experience real persecution, we’ve just moved a lot closer to it this week. I’m not trying to predict the future, and I’d be glad to be totally wrong. But it seems possible that one day we’ll look back at Charlottesville as the hinge it all turned upon….

All of this is completely startling to people of my generation. We grew up in a world where such deep anti-Christian hostility was unimaginable. Now it’s upon us – not in full force yet, but definitely accelerating in that direction. Something very strange is happening to us!

But God has a word for us in these unexpected days. 1 Peter 4:12-13 tells us,

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

God knows what he’s doing. We can rejoice in spite of these ominous signs of a tipping point.

More at The Stream!

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