We’ve heard for years about persecution in other countries, ones that embrace communism and strict government control laws. In the United States of America, we have the freedom to religion, we have the freedom of opportunity and progress. According to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 we are free from government control. Today is 2015 and we no longer have the freedom once proclaimed. While other country persecution is at an all-time high, the persecution within the U.S. is prevalent. Religion and basic beliefs from the constitution are being challenged and even changed. Is this surprising? Not really. Non-Christians have no clue that anything is happening. They are behaving and changing according to typical human nature. “—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world” (1 John 2:16). Since we have a majority of the world following their human nature and continuing in sin, the ideas once sacred are now tossed under foot and walked upon. Human nature makes it difficult for standing up for Christ at crucial times. Peter experienced that when crowds were calling to have Jesus crucified for blasphemy. If Peter were to claim he knew Christ, he would be charged with a crime also and face death. While we may not face death on a daily basis for believing in Christ, we deny Him for far less consequences.
Today in the United States, business owners are persecuted for taking a stand for religious beliefs. The Bible is clear about what is acceptable and what is not. When pastors and business owners decide not to provide service for homosexual people, crowds will gather, protest, harass and even cause physical problems or abuse. Somehow, it is not ok to just believe what the Bible says, it is not ok to quietly be a humble Christian and avoid the world falling around you. We, now, have to accept everyone for who they are and all their differences. We can no longer voice our opinion of the violation against God’s Word without facing persecution. Are you ready for it? Are you prepared to be singled out, ostracized, abused and even die for God’s Word? According the Christian history, every one of Christ’s followers faced death, and faced it with great joy.