Joy in Persecution

WEDNESDAY

 
There is a young man in one of the former Soviet countries that has a police record.  He was in high school at the time. He was in a science class and the teacher asked him to explain evolution which he did. Then the teacher, knowing that he was a Christian, asked him to explain his beliefs on origins. So he did explaining his understanding of Genesis 1. He was then escorted to the principle’s office, the police were summoned, he was reprimanded and written up for his violation. This was not the first time he had responded to the teacher’s question by boldly proclaiming his faith so the infraction was all the more serious.

I learned about this student’s crime on one of my visits. I was with this young man’s ministry leader. We were on our way to minister and my friend said we needed to stop briefly to deal with one of the leaders in his ministry who had just been arrested. Not knowing the details I wondered how my friend could afford to have this student as a part of his ministry team. Those who are arrested are not walking worthy of the calling of Christ. I thought it even more bizarre to see the student smiling when he walked into our meeting place. The two spoke for awhile, the student nodded his head several times, alternated between a serious face and a joyful one, then the meeting was over.

It was once the meeting was completed that I learned the student was innocent and being persecuted for his faith. He was purposely put in a position to stand up for biblical truth or refuse to acknowledge it. Everyone in the classroom knew he was a believer and he was being given a choice to be bold or to cower. He chose the former and joyfully endured the ridicule of the teacher and classmates, the arrest and permanent blot on his character as well as the disappointment of his atheistic parents.

Persecution does not always result in physical pain or death but it does result to some measure in our humiliation and degradation. When it comes our way, will we embrace it and will we embrace it joyfully?

 
NAU Matthew 5:11
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 
NIV Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 
KJV Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. {falsely: Gr. lying} 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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