For those of us who believe in the absolute truth of the Bible, there is a wonderful freedom to be enjoyed in the confidence that no human government can force us to disobey the God of the universe. As I observe the steep downward turn in our nation’s moral trajectory, my grief for its depravity is always accompanied by a strange excitement.
Jesus promised His followers that those who hate Him will not stand to hear truth. That we will be despised, slandered, abused, and even killed, for speaking it without apology. The spectrum of persecution is broad, and although early signs are visible, I don’t know at what speed the United States’ progression in it will accelerate. But there is daily proof that what Jesus said is true. I think that’s the source of the excitement I feel. It’s not that I wish pain on anyone. It’s that no matter what they do to us, they prove the Word true with their aggression just as we prove it true with our Spirit-enabled unwavering commitment. When we stand fast in truth, and suffer for it, we represent Christ and take part in His suffering.
It is astounding that although we DO deserve the suffering of eternal judgement, instead we are called to rejoice in a different suffering that we DON’T deserve: the privilege of suffering for the name of Christ.
Persecutions of all kinds are the pruning shears that will reveal the true size of the church in this country, as they do wherever it occurs. Obscured by its own dead branches, the church is in dire need of it. May we all be steadfast!
On June 25th I sorrowed for another godless decision from our U.S. Supreme Court, yet I rejoiced in its total impotence to alter reality. Further proof of Jesus’ words.
I take joy, confidence, and warning from this terrible truth in the words of King Solomon.
I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.
That which is has already been,
And what is to be has already been;
And God requires an account of what is past.
Moreover I saw under the sun:
In the place of judgment,
Wickedness was there;
And in the place of righteousness,
Iniquity was there.
I said in my heart,
“God shall judge the righteous and the wicked,
For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”