We are not the victim

I find myself frustrated thinking about my persecuted brothers and sisters around the world this morning, those who give up their lives and livelihoods for their faith — both symbolically and literally.

I’m frustrated because of how many (certainly not all) Christians in North America play the “victim card.”

The government is against me.

Liberal media is against me.

Or, I cannot be bold in my faith because it will ruin my reputation. It might hurt my credibility.

If I live out my faith it might cause someone to not like me or it might offend someone…

In all love, just shut up.

If you think you need Donald Trump or Republicans to save the country so you can live out your faith then you’ve been blinded by the enemy.

We have no idea what it means for a group of people to set themselves against us in an effort to destroy us. When is the last time you were thrown into the sea, shot and left for dead simply because you were baptized? That’s not a hypothetical, that’s something that’s happened on innumerable occasions across the globe.

Let me tell you what it means to be bold in your faith. It means loving God with all that you are and loving people with all that you have. If that makes you uncomfortable, if that risks your credibility, if that causes someone to say a harsh word against you then consider yourself blessed. Someone across the world has literally been dragged out of their home and killed for doing the same.

We are not the victims. We’re called to stand in the gap for those whom are.

Stop whining and love like Jesus loves, unconditionally. Give thanks to God that you can love others day to day without someone wanting to kill you because of it.

Revelation 6:9–10 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”

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