I live in the US, and Christians are beginning to experience spiritual persecution under the guise of equality and tolerance. In essence, we are being persecuted and called haters because we follow what God’s word, which is our standard for living, says instead of the direction society takes. It is politically correct to be tolerant of lifestyle choices and behavior that God’s word clearly says is wrong.
These are issues of spiritual conscience for believers, and there are already laws on the books that discriminate against us and what we know to be morally correct according to God’s standards. As a spiritual leader, the time is coming when I may face fines and imprisonment for refusing to perform a same sex counterfeit marriage ceremony. If that happens, so be it. I follow God, and where man’s ways and laws conflict with His, God’s way prevails. I live in Arizona, where Governor Brewer signed into state law that faith based businesses can’t refuse to provide their services where there’s a spiritual conscience issue. That means believing photographers, florists, wedding store owners and bakeries are now at risk of paying personal penalties for refusing service to same sex couples, who are certainly welcome to take their business elsewhere.
So, Governor Brewer, who says she is a believer, capitulated because of economic reasons. Tourism is huge in this state, and the court of public opinion and its directing those tourist dollars elsewhere was too much for her to bear. There are also major sports franchises who have practice fields in the state, and the Superbowl is scheduled to take place here next year. Those in politics will increasingly continue to face these kinds of choices between spiritual conscience and political correctness. It will be sadly instructive to see how things work out.
Scripture: John 15:20a, Luke 21:12
20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.
12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.
Father God, the time has come when believers are experiencing persecution for following Jesus and living His way. Please be with us as we respond to these spiritual challenges so that we make the right choices. Help us not to capitulate to society where there’s a conflict with how You created us to love and live
Grant us all we need to stand firm for You. Scripture shows believers and martys doing just that, and they did so willingly, fearlessly and courageously. Jesus is our example, and so is Stephen. May we all see the heavens open like Stephen did, and may we all be yielded to You and Your truth. In Jesus’ name, amen
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