Read this in the comment section of a blog post:
“How sad would it be to find out in the end that what we thought was persecution for our faith was actually the natural wrath of God in the world against our sins of pride and hate?”
I have often wondered the same thing. Persecution of Christians in America is more along the lines of wounded pride, we think we should have been taken more seriously, our opinions aren’t heard, which is summed up–we didn’t get our way.
Not getting your way leads to anger, anger leads to self-righteousness, self-righteousness to judgmentalism, and judgmentalism to our own judgment.
True Christian persecution is getting nailed for righteousness sake. We, being reinforced by our self-esteem driven Christianity, know we are all righteous, so we interpret everything through this self-righteous lens, so every misdeed against us is seen as true Christian persecution.
It isn’t. It’s you feeling bad for yourself for not getting your way and feeling self-righteous about it.
One of the best signs you are going through true Christian persecution is that you’re happy about it, not whining and sniveling about how rough it is to be you.
“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.”
Oh for more reasons to be happy!