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20 Dec

I had to do a lot of praying and searching of my heart before I could write this post. I wanted to avoid writing something motivated by my emotions, ensuring that I deliver something that has been prayed about, thought about, and prayed about some more.

In light of the new Phil Robertson “scandal” saturating, well, everything, I wanted to highlight something that many of us (including myself) often forget: We really shouldn’t be offended or surprised that this occurred.

I would be lying if I said I was happy, happy, happy when I first learned about this. I wasn’t. I joined the “Stand With Phil” FB page and took to Twitter to make the world aware of how upset I was. Because, I didn’t immediately take my concerns to God, I was ultimately stricken with frustration over my reactions. I allowed my emotions to navigate my actions.

Don’t get me wrong, I do stand with Phil, but this post isn’t about that. It’s about the perspective I have yet to see many people talking about. The real target isn’t Mr. Robertson; it’s Jesus.

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:14

“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:17-18

Peter knew that suffering would accompany those who took a stand for Jesus Christ, and he knew that we were not likely to respond positively. This is why I believe he wrote in such an encouraging manner. He could’ve said: “Suffering for Being a Christian is totally not worth it. Renounce your faith and move on. Retaliate when those haters start hatin.” But Peter got it. He was like the football coach trying to fire up his losing team. He understood how great the reward is if we would persevere and stand firm in our faith. Jesus, Himself, even warned of this:

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:18-19

Christ was persecuted for the EXACT same reasons. He represented God in the flesh, taking a stand for His truth. People disagreed with His beliefs. Their solution: persecution of all forms. However, He never denounced His faith or beliefs, all the while knowing He would be persecuted. He continued delivering the Truth in love. He did not discriminate. He did not spread hate. We need to use His example of how to respond in situations like these.

Prayer: When we face the firing squads in our own lives, let us not become discouraged. May we use the persecution to fuel our desire to love more, and may we remember to seek God before we react in any way. He’s been there. He knows our emotions. Let Him take control.

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