When we speak of persecution in our country it doesn’t usually revolve around the gravity of persecution that exists in martyrdom. We live in a place that allows as to have the freedom to choose what we believe. Sometimes, people forget this does not equate to freedom of consequences neither from our country nor from God. The persecution I speak of is lighter, but remains hurtful none the less. With the unknown, new behaviors, and perspectives comes that word that is so feared, “change.”
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
I draw from my personal experiences and those that have shared their stories with me. One of the first comments family members questioned is why I wouldn’t baptize my infant. In the church we attended at the time we dedicate our children before the Lord and when mature enough in their own walk with God our children decide whether or not they want baptism.
The question I think most, if not all, believers have heard is “You’re not going to start judging me now and telling me what I’m doing wrong?” The question itself puts judgement and Christs says to judge righteously, to rebuke in love, not to condemn, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, to consider the plank in our eye before pointing out the spec in someone else, and that with the same measure we judge someone else that measure we’ll also be used for us on our judgement day. If you have to ask such a question as above it simply sounds like there are concerns you’re working on in your life and I’d love to come along side you, before God, and pray with you and for you.
Yes, people can and do give good gifts. Often the gifts are timely and exactly what is needed, but this is generally because the need has been made known. Who is it that does this when the need isn’t known? Who orchestrates this met need unspoken request being met through strangers at locations you’ve never been?
My grandmother told me “That church really has you convinced.” Like many she knew she could turn to the *church for help and many non believers turn to the church for prayer.
I like the quote, “There’s no atheist in a foxhole,” which is hard to understand until you’re in it. This means when you have hit rock bottom and there’s nothing and no one an obscure God is made very present, real, and obvious.For some it takes getting us to this point. I was one of these people and so I responded to my agnostic grandmother “God has me convinced.”
*Church – a body of believers, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. meeting together to exhort and lift up one another, Hebrews 10:5