II Timothy 3:12 Yea, all that will live godly shall suffer persecution.
Our brother Paul here is writing this book to a young preacher by the name of Timothy. If there is one person that knew about persecution it was Paul. Before he became Paul he persecuted the church of the living God. After he became Paul Jesus told him he would suffer persecution. The post comes from a website I just read a few minutes ago. Here in Atlanta they have the gay pride parade. Well there was a preacher by the name of Billy Ball and two other preacher, and 20 people from those churches that decided to preach the Gospel on the street. They were arrested and thrown in jail with the charge of criminal tresspassing. THey say the arresting officers were lesbians. This is happening in America. I know in other countries like India, and Russia, and the Sudan people are killed for their faith on a daily basis. People can not go to church, read the bible, get caught praying or they will suffer the consequences. We have it made up to this point in America but those rights are getting taken away quickly. I wonder how we would react if we were thrown in jail in this country for the propegation of the Gospel of Christ. I wonder if people came into our home and told us to deny the Lord Jesus or die. WHich would we choose? I wonder what I would choose. God has been so good to us today in America that we ought to praise God for the freedom we have in this country. What if it was all gone tomorrow how would we react? The reality is most saved people would not suffer persecution because they are not living godly. If there is one thing missing in the church it is godly people. Sometimes Christians forget that they are to be Christ-like in every aspect of their life. Now to the thought that I want to get across. If we do the following things we will suffer persecution.
I. Our Conversation.
We are to have a Godly conversation. I work with people today that say they are a Christian but some of the most ungodly filth comes out of their mouth. I am telling that person is bringing more shame to the name of Christ. A Godly man is not going to use sarcasm(ouch), or cuss words or the words that sound like cuss words, or how about slang boy is that preach in pulpits across America.
II. Our Conduct.
We are to have a Godly conduct. How is our conduct today. Do we get angry of fly off the handle that is not Godly. We can be angry and sin not.
The Reality today is persecution is coming to our country. When we can not preach the Gospel on streets that is persecution. When I can't go to the mall and talk to people about Jesus that is persecution. The closer we get to his coming I believe we will see more persecution. The question is are we godly enough to suffer for the name of Christ. Till next time God Bless.