Have I been persecuted as a Christian?

Someone asked me if I’ve ever been persecuted as a Christian. Here’s my answer:

When I think about persecution, nothing personal pops into my mind. The blessedness of being persecuted for right behavior or being falsely insulted for Jesus’ sake, for the most part, seems to have illuded me. I have been insulted by Christian friends for writing a book about racism and for another book I wrote about an alternative to traditional church. I have lost 4 different jobs in ministry because I wouldn’t compromise my belief in or passion for Jesus, but when I think about how Christ-followers are treated in China and Iran and other places in the world, that hardly seems like persecution.

Whether we’re persecuted or not, Christians are called to do what God requires, not to follow our own desires. We’re called to be peacemakers. However, being a peacemaker doesn’t mean becoming a moral compromiser who violates his conscience in order to avoid conflict. The threat of persecution should never be allowed to silence Christ-followers.

As long as violence
Is allowed to silence
People of peace,
War will never cease.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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1 Response to Have I been persecuted as a Christian?

  1. Grammatteus says:

    This is used these days by many when someone tells them they’re daft or uneducated to believe the things they do, as if somehow criticism = persecution. Just makes my eyes roll!

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