Perspective on Persecution

November 29, 2015

One of these things is not like the others.

 

Seriously, there’s no comparison.

 

Yet by the time these words are published, some of us will have already bombarded social media with our annual outcry over the “persecution” of Christians in the United States.  Forget being jolly; ‘Tis the Season to be martyrs.  Oh, there’s no doubt that “things aren’t how they used to be” in our country and it’s okay for us to be annoyed, aggravated, and upset about that.  But can we please please PLEASE stop claiming that what essentially amounts to minor inconveniences for us actually compares to what our brothers and sisters in Christ are enduring in other countries, particularly in the Middle East?

 

We, too, may suffer in the name of Jesus some day, but it probably won’t have anything to do with someone refusing to tell us “Merry Christmas.”

 

Lord, forgive us for how we have unintentionally trivialized the suffering of others.  Amen.

 

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