There’s been a lot of stories lately about Christian business and organizations being targeted. Bakeries being sued because they won’t bake cakes for gay weddings. Florists being sued for the same reason. Christian Broadcasters are worried about losing their licenses. There’s tons of acceptance of Muslims but no one seems to make any room for Christians. And everyone knows that you need to be tolerant towards everyone’s beliefs, unless you believe in Christ.
It seems like everyone hates Christians right now and even though everyone wants to treat everyone the same way, Christians are always at the bottom of the list. I hear Christian and conservative leaders calling foul. It’s wrong. It’s hypocritical. It’s un-American. We should be outraged!
But then again, why would we want to be treated the same as everyone else?
This is going to sound crazy, but I’m going to use arguments that you know and have probably used yourself.
Christians are supposed to be in this world, but not of this world. The world treats the worldly well. But since we aren’t of this world, why would we expect the world to treat us like one of their own?
Did you know that the church in China didn’t really take off until the Government said no more religion and kicked out the missionaries? That country was evangelized for years and the growth was always small until they were persecuted. Wouldn’t it be nice for the revival that everyone in has been praying for to finally happen? Some of the biggest revivals in history happened when everyone hated the Christians.
Every red blooded American knows that all men were created equal. They also know that good Christian men founded this nation and it was built on Christian principles. It’s high time this nation goes back to how it was founded. Don’t tread on me! But isn’t God the one who let the Israelites go into captivity. He’s the one who allowed the devil to test Job. God’s the one who raises up kings. Aren’t the leaders who have been leading this country away from God the same ones placed there by God?
The biggest and best move of God in America and in the world is yet to come. God isn’t raising up Christians to look and act like the rest of the world. He isn’t making a church that the world will love. As a Christian, your destiny is to be hated by the world. It’s to be persecuted. It’s to be spit on and forced underground.
As Christians we shouldn’t be praying for America to be restored to its roots. We should be praying for souls saved and God’s will to be done. God’s will probably isn’t for a comfortable, non effective life. His will is to bring all men into his presence, that all may be saved. Turns out that the best way for that to happen is for you to be uncomfortable.
Why do we want to be treated the same? We want to be treated the same because it’s fair. It’s comfortable. It’s nice. A change is coming and that change isn’t going to be fair, comfortable or nice. But it’s going to bring more people to Christ than this country has ever seen.