Blessed Are The Persecuted

scales-of-justice-gavel_4Recently I read a friend’s rant on Facebook expressing their frustration about the unfair treatment of Christians in our society. Actually, I’ve read more than a few such posts. It made me think: have we Christians forgotten that being persecuted is to be expected as long as we’re followers of Christ? It kind of comes with the territory, so to speak. You can’t be a sheep among wolves and not expect to get attacked.
It’s more than obvious that there’s a movement in our own country against religion, especially Christianity. Therefore, as His ambassadors, followers, and representatives, we’re going to be insulted and treated unfairly. It’s in no way just, but it’s going to happen, nonetheless. Christians throughout history have been persecuted, including the disciples and Jesus Himself. If the Son of God faced persecution while on earth, what makes us think we should receive any less?
As Christians, we are to seek justice, but not necessarily for ourselves. We’re supposed to seek it for those who cannot speak up for themselves. We’re to take up the cause of the oppressed; to care for the widows and fatherless; to offer our hand to the needy. We are to intercede for our siblings in Christ who are being persecuted and to come along side those who stumble and help them up.
While the idea of being persecuted for being a follower of Christ is an unpleasant prospect, there is still hope. We must never forget that God fights for us. The Source of justice is on our side. So when we’re being mistreated and insulted for our faith, we can cling to Him and know that we will have our justice in the end.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-11

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