We often assume that persecution is only in the developing or third world nations. We also think that the world does not exist outside of our bubble here in the western hemisphere. While we focus on our social media likes, our blog post stats, our utility bills, we are allowing the secular world to bully and push us into submission.
Should we be preparing for this to occur here in the United States? Read the social media comments or editorial pages of major newspapers: The writing is on the wall. Once the Christian population is squandered to such a minute level, the flood gates of hatred towards us will fly wide open.
The United Kingdom Persecution
Hey… at least this isn’t the “western western” hemisphere… right?
Dr. David Mackereth was recently let go while training for his new position as a health and disability assessor for the government. The 55 year old medical doctor had 26 years experience working for the NHS.
Why exactly was he terminated?
He had the audacity to identify patients by their biological sex. He told his trainer about his discomfort with this rule, to which the trainer reported him and he was later let go for his stating that he did not feel right identifying patients by the gender they chose.
I had not yet pointed out that Mackereth is a strong Christian simply because I would think even a level headed atheist should be able to identify what is a male or female.
Mother Russia Persecution
Russia is such a great Christian nation… right? Vladimir Putin is such a great Russian Orthodox Christian… right?
The newest anti-Christian law has many Russians fearing that the KGB style policing is slowly coming back to the communist nation.
The law, which is supposed to be aimed against the spread of terrorism and extremism, has also been approved by the Russian Parliament’s upper chamber. The move blocks the sharing of faith in any place that is not a government-sanctioned house of worship. [The Christian Post]
The law, which was approved by Putin, bans any evangelical from evangelizing to atheists or people of other faith. This law even trickles down to the home, where evangelizing to people inside of your own residence is strictly forbidden.
What is even more scary is that if you see this occurring and do not report it yourself, you can also face prosecution!
NRB President Jerry A. Johnson further called on the United States government to pressure Russia to repeal what he described as an “unjust law.”
“Let’s pray this new iron curtain of Christian persecution in Russia will be lifted quickly and without harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ,” Johnson said. [The Christian Post]
Not only do we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in these nations, but for all Christians worldwide. If these are truly the end times, these types of persecution will only get worse. The sickest forms of persecution have been hitting the developing world since the beginning of time but we have been blessed enough to not face this in the first world… but this is quickly changing.
I remember when gay marriage was legalized. I was one of those college kids that was all for the legalization, but when I saw what people were saying I quickly realized that I was wrong. On social media people were not excited about the legalization, but the problems that Christians were going to face. I soon realized that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
We will face persecution in our lives. So far in the western world it has only hit us in our jobs and professional lives. Sure, maybe we have even lost loved ones or friends because we refuse to hide our faith. There is even increasing talk about a civil war in the United States.
What should we do?
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
I am not afraid of persecution.. are you?