Christian Persecution

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Religious persecution does not start with rocks being thrown through your windows. It doesn’t begin with you and your family loaded on a train with others of like faith and being carted off to concentration camps. It begins with the demeaning of your religion and culture. It proceeds from demeaning to demonizing and dehumanizing. Only then does it come down to boxcars and crematoriums. It is not hard to generate hate against a group of people. To whatever extent a group is identifiable, they can be demonized.

We are a long way from this in America, but Christians in other parts of the world are not so lucky. Without the protections that we enjoy, Christians in other countries are being imprisoned, tortured, enslaved, and killed. We enjoy these protections for now, but will we always? I wonder. How should a Christian respond to blasphemy, insults, and persecution?

I don’t think a lot of Christians understand our role in the world. We are not here to be defenders of the faith. We are here to be witnesses of the faith…by dying if necessary. If there is one thing Jesus made clear, it is that his disciples would suffer persecution. Right off the start, in the Sermon on the mount, he had this to say:

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:10–12


Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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