I have been thinking through the section of my upcoming book on Christian persecution, and I am cataloging the different reasons which might explain why Christians in America are not suffering persecution. Here’s the deal. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:12, do not be deceived, anyone who attempts to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
There is a clear promise in Scripture that persecution belongs to all Christians. But Christians are not typically persecuted in America. So, is it because they are not desiring to live godly lives? I am working through several different responses, but I wonder what others might be thinking about persecution in America (and the lack thereof).
Feel free to comment below. I will have a fuller post in the coming days which might help us collect our thoughts.
- How the Blessing of Persecution Works (gregoryccochran.com)
- Our Suffering Is Not In Vain (thebiblequotes.org)
- Where Are John Piper and Rick Warren on Persecution? (gregoryccochran.com)
While persecution is not at the level here in the US as in many parts of the world, it is here in a different form and is growing. I am shocked an amazed at how we Christians here in America have simply sit back and allowed the meaning of the Constitution to be twisted and used against us.
Persecution in the US? Give it time, it’s started.
Steven is right. Persecution is more subtle in America. My letters to the editor are not published or are edited. Our complete views are not printed. If printed the parts left out make the statements untrue. We don’t get equal media exposure of ideas as the anti-Jehovah ideas. Being persecuted means we are the road used to oppose God. As you say, If Satan is not using you as a road, you are not a road leading to Heaven.