I honestly have regretted social media and internet browsing because of the horrible news I feel like is coming from every direction. My main reasoning for regret is that it has been tough emotionally to think through. A pretty selfish reason. But still, it’s been tough to process all of the hate and death.
But in the wake of all this, I have seen how it has disrupted the notions that many people have of what Christianity is. Ann Coulter is getting rightfully ripped by many people for her remarks regarding the Christians who got the deadly Ebola virus. Donald Trump has of course treated them like he would any other person in need, “I’m sorry but stay away”.
Then the attention has turned towards ISIS as they have taken over Iraq and begun a genocide of Christians and other minority religions. The killing has been so brutal to simply read that I don’t even want to see any of the videos or pictures floating around.
It is hard for the heart to hear all of this. But read these words from our Savior (John 15:18-19):
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
This is who we are. We are outcasts in this world. Listen as the writer of Hebrews(11:32-38) reminds us of our heritage:
32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.
As a Christian, we are going to be hated by this world. ISIS and Ann Coulter have brought attention to this. Our way of life and our mission makes no sense to this world. It is deemed as foolishness.
But with all of that being said, this isn’t to say that it is easy. I pray for the Christians and others who are on that mountain tonight. I pray for the Christians who are dying as I type these letters. As well I pray that I’d be remembering the health of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. I pray for the thousands of Christians worldwide who will be tortured and killed for their faith soon in time. I pray that I’d remember all of them constantly in my prayers and that I’d encourage others with their stories of heroism as Martyrs for the name of Christ.
14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. 1Peter 4:14-16