Today’s Verse: Standing Up to Religious Persecution

“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”

–1 Peter 4:16

Religious persecution in the US

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”

– 2 Corinthians 4:8-11

As religious persecution is on the rise throughout the world, Christians also face persecution at home. Organizations such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and others are working tirelessly to eliminate religion from every corner of public life.

Religion, once considered a cornerstone of education, is battling to find ways to remain part of the curriculum.

Americans are under attack for praying before or after sporting events, in the classroom, at work and in other places.

At the same time, religious symbols are being removed and banned.

What can Christians do?

There is a war over religious freedom in the United States, one in which the opposition is becoming increasingly emboldened toward eradicating religion.

Christians tend to be passive, but they must take a stand and fight back before the opposition gains the upper hand.

However, Christians must fight this battle according to God’s laws, through commitment and steadfastness.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

–1 Corinthians 15:58

Christians must resist acts of avenging (Romans 12:17-19), evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22; Matthew 5:22) or careless words (Matthew 12:36-37).

Christians must fight for their rights, while still showing love and tolerance, as an example of Christ. Most importantly, Christians must continue the work of bringing the truth of the gospels to others as Jesus commanded.

“And he said to them, ‘go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'”

–Mark 16:15