A few weeks ago I wrote a piece of fiction, imaging the world in a few years. Now I wonder if it was distopic enough to be realistic, as it appears that even I underestimated the speed and ferocity of the attack being waged on Christianity. But whether it takes 5 years or 5 months, we know the eventual outcome. The day and hour is not ours to know, but we can see the signs and be prepared.
Sometime after I wrote that last piece, I had the privilege of listening to a sermon by my brother Grizzly. At 16, he already has learned many of the Biblical lessons I did not learn until well into my 20’s, and I am proud of him and his steadfastness in his faith. He spoke on 2 Timothy 3:12:
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted —2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV)
As Grizzly pointed out, this is a Bible promise.
And God’s promises are great and precious.
So the question is, how have you been persecuted, mocked, or attacked for your faith recently? What vile hatred and lies has the world spewed at you? It should be any easy question to answer.
If it is not an easy question to answer–If you can’t think of an example of hatred sent your way today, or even this week, because of your faith–then maybe the world doesn’t hate you.
Maybe the world loves you.
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. —John 15:18-20 (ESV)
Maybe the world doesn’t hate you because you are its friend.
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. —James 4:4 (ESV)
If so, now is the time to switch sides.
Now is the time to be reviled, hated, spit upon, and persecuted for the sake of Christ and the Gospel.
And be forewarned that those who will revile you the loudest are those who call themselves Christians.