I saw an article off my husband’s Facebook that really frustrated me. I know, I know. Why am I stalking people on my husband’s Facebook when I deliberately deleted my Facebook back in March? I wish I had an answer to that. But… I really don’t.
This article speaks of an American street preaching in the UK. I don’t know the laws about public speaking in the UK, but let’s for one second say that it’s illegal to speak religiously in a public street area. Romans 13 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” I’m no Greek expert. Actually, I don’t even want to go into the Greek of this verse because it’s pretty blatantly obvious what it says. Authority is given… By God. No ifs, no ands, no buts about it. And yet, we as the American church cry foul when we see something like this happen in a “Western” country. Let me tell you about persecution.
Less than 100 years ago, racial persecution existed. Japanese were sent to internment camps, African Americans were segregated because a bunch of people (including “Christians”) decided they were lesser beings. Today, there’s some (though not as intense) persecution toward Muslims, mostly because of the extremists in the Middle East have tainted Americans’ view of what Islam is. And yet, as soon as we see a Christian silenced, we cry foul. Pardon me if I’m confused.
In the last year, the stories about the LGBT community or Texas more stringent abortion law that just passed have brought out what I consider to be the worst of Christianity… Our “We’re God’s Chosen” mentality. I don’t admit to be better. I’m probably just as bad as the more vocal Christians out there. The arguments that we Christians use are so trite that we forget that Jesus commanded us to “make disciples.” Claiming that equal rights among same sex marriages diminishes the sanctity of our traditional Christian marriage often misses the mark that Christ set. We, as Christians, tend to idolize evangelists and writers forgetting that doing so is against God’s law. We say we admire them, but often use what they say as opposed to what is in the Bible (which we also pick and choose what we believe there too…. I’m guilty of it too!)
Point is… I get so frustrated at the broken state of Christianity in the 21st century. While I’m aware that persecution actually exists, Jesus said, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account…” With that being said, let’s stop crying foul, and start crying, “holy!” because in all actuality, because He has given us the opportunity to be persecuted, we should be rejoicing and praising Him. He’s ultimately in control. As the popular saying goes, “God is God, and I’m not…” I pray I can remember this too ^_^