It’s the holiday season and so it begins. Many Christians complaining because people are saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” I hear claims that we cannot now say “Merry Christmas.” But no one is stopping us from saying that. A few employers may ask their people to use the “Happy Holidays” response to customers, but they still can wish a “Merry Christmas” outside their employment.
Is this persecution? I don’t think so.
Last Sunday was the National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Want to know about “real” persecution. Read my post:
Now that is persecution!
Reading today from the book of Acts I was impressed again with the early church’s reesponse to persecution.
Ater the apostle were jailed for preaching about Jesus and warned not to do so again, they immediately went to the church and there was a prayer meeting.
Now, if that was us I think our prayers would be:
Lord, we are being so persecuted. Please save us! Please destroy the power of our enemies. Protect us!
But that was not their prayer.
“Sovereign Lord, you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one. Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Consider their threats and make us bold to keep sharing your word.
Let’s stop worrying about whether others say and let’s just keep sharing the love of God.
Can’t agree with this post enough, Barbara! We Christians here in the West (by and large) have no real idea what persecution is. Thanks for the reminder!
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wow Barbara, this is powerful.. I must admit I would probably be asking the Lord to save me, but prayerfully, I would also say “let thy will be done”
Wow! That story of the Nigerian boy is amazing!
I think we need a universal love and tolerance and see no need for violence on either ‘side.’
Yes. What is sad is that Christians in this country are so unkind to Muslims here.
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They’re pretty accepting around where I live, so that’s good. 🙂