by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living Liminal
If you act like total jerk and people object, you are not “suffering for Jesus”, or being “persecuted for your faith”. You are simply experiencing normal, negative feedback.
Having someone disagree with you is not persecution. Persecution involves genuine human rights being violated (e.g. oppression, torture), not merely a loss of power and privilege. Disagreement simply means someone see things differently from you and is willing to say so. Please learn to know the difference.
When people outside the church respond badly to things you do or say, it might not be because “your words convict their hearts”. It is just as likely because they see a disconnect between what you preach and how you live.
Politics (and by extension, your favourite political leader) will not save the world or usher in the “millennial reign”. Neither will legislation based on your own understanding of “biblical” morality.
If making others comply with your moral code is more important to you than the plight of the poor and marginalised in your community, you may have misunderstood what Jesus meant when he told you to love your neighbour.
Jesus had no time for empire-building or king-making. He focused on serving others, loving others, laying down his life for others…
It’s just possible that “the world” is waiting to see “the church” look more like that.
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