Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Topic of Persecution
During lunch my son commented on the sermon, "You know, Dad--and I don't think this is a bad thing; I just think it's interesting--it seems like whenever you preach you always mention persecution somehow."
Now to clarify, I don't mention persecution all the time. This past Sunday's sermon was my sixth of the year, and it was the first one on persecution (unless somehow I mentioned the topic in previous sermons, which I don't think I did).
I don't want persecution to be my primary theme as a preacher, but there's a part of me that thinks, unless the Spirit brings revival, we're heading by degrees towards persecution in this country. Because of that, I want the people I shepherd to be aware of that and to be somewhat prepared for that. I want to be prepared for that. When the heat turns up, may the Lord find me faithful.
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10 NIV)