It’s common to hear us church-goers get into heated debate over church politics, leadership structure, etc.
Fortunately, the church is alive and active all over the world. Much of it, experiencing terrible persecution for their faith. In our western culture, I wonder if and/or when we will experience persecution? Furthermore, what would it do to our then-trivial conversations over leadership and authority?
So what does current persecution look like in the western world? Is it worth even mentioning? We may be scoffed at for commitments we make surrounding Christ. For example, if a Believer takes a stand in not using bad language or choosing not to over-consume alcohol.
In 1 Peter 4, we read about Christians who were truly suffering due to persecution for their faith. Getting mocked or left-out in one’s community or workplace isn’t really suffering, is it? Don’t get me wrong. I do not want to suffer in any way, shape or form. I am quite comfortable sitting here, writing about persecution.
However, my writing is not likely spurring on my faith to the same level that persecution would. I can’t help but to think of how the North American church as a whole may be spurred on spiritually if we experienced true suffering. Verse 12 of 1 Peter 4 states, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering…” I am quite sure that we would all be very surprised!
Why would the Western Church benefit from persecution?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: Will the Western Church Suffer for Christ? – Sept. 2nd, 2009