God never told you to wish and pray for persecution
I’m dissappointed when I hear it. Some Christians and pastors pray and wish for persecution. Yes, you read that right. They want persecution in America, they want it in other free nations, they want it in developed countries. They secretly wish to endure governmental persecution and possibly even become martyrs. I’ve heard even well known preachers like Albert Mohler and John MacArthur preaching about persecution, while they enjoy the luxuries of traveling the world and preaching in historical cathedrals, receiving royalties from their books, and seeing places the average pastor would never get to see!
Many pastors, including the big names I mentioned, and other Christians who dream about persecution actually refuse to address and correct the immodesty in their churches, the sins, divorces, the worldly music etc. because they don’t want people to leave the church. The average Christian avoids confronting friends at church who are worldly or sinful because they don’t want to upset them. So why, WHY, do they pray for persecution if they’re afraid of upsetting somebody or being shunned?
Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us to pray and wish for persecution. On the contrary! The Apostle Paul urges us to pray for the peace of the nation, for leaders and rulers. Why? So that the Gospel may spread, so that we can live in peace and have the opportunities to prosper and lead others to Christ.
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
WOW! So it’s good and acceptable in the sight of God to pray to live a quiet and tranquil life in godliness and dignity. If God gave you the privilege of liberty, accept it and use it!
Government persecution will not make you holier! Persecution is present even in times of peace!
Most Christians and preachers who wish and pray for persecution assume that somehow it will make them holier/godlier. They have the illusion that persecution will give them more favor before God. They think it will make them more dedicated. FALSE!
If you TRULY live a godly life, persecution is a constant reality in the Christian life, it doesn’t always come in the form of government persecution.
It comes after you take a (humble) stand against sin and worldliness in your church. You may be shunned, you may be ridiculed and rejected. That’s persecution.
It comes when you take a stand in school against evolutionary teachings and the teachers may lower your grade or other students will avoid you. That’s persecution.
It comes when you don’t spend time with people who watch bad movies, have bad language, go in the wrong places, and they think you’re weird or legalistic. That’s persecution.
And it may come from other sources, such as evil co-workers, non-believing relatives, apostates + worldly believers at church who resent the testimony you have and seek to make life difficult, supervisors who discriminate against you because you are a Christian and so many other forms. The Bible doesn’t dictate that persecution is ALWAYS martyr-hood, imprisonment and stripping of human liberties!
Many of the persecutions the Apostle Paul endured came from people in his own camp. In a similar way, those who choose to live in practical holiness will experience persecution from their own camp, from churches and other worldly believers. “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Tim 3:12
The Big Question
Let me ask a question. Do these pastors and Christians who pray for persecution experience any of the persecutions I listed above? Have they taken any stands like this against worldliness, sin etc., have they addressed their close friends who are going astray? Many Christians refuse to go out of their comfort zones, but they pray for persecution!
Peter says: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8. The devil seeks to attack even if you’re in the garden of Eden. The key is being rooted in Christ.
“As God at first gives faith through the Word, He exercises, increases, confirms and perfects it through the Word.”
Do not despise and TRASH the liberties paid with blood! It’s your DUTY to protect that peace!
America is a free and Christian nation because of generations who paid for those liberties with BLOOD. If by God’s grace you live in a country where there is still freedom for the Gospel, do not despise and trash the gift God gave you! If He allowed you to experience peace, and especially if it was earned through much sacrifice, it is a GREAT SIN to wish for persecution! As much as it depends on you, for as long as God allows, you must FIGHT to protect those liberties so the Gospel will be freely spread.
It’s Memorial Day. I’m remembering all the heroic patriots across generations who paid with their blood for the freedom and prosperity of this country. To quote Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill: “Memorial Day is a time to honor the lives of those who would rather die than take a knee when our national anthem is played…the brave Americans who put their country before themselves. Without these heroes, America would not be America.”
They paid the price for our liberties and peace. They handed that treasure down to us with their last breath. Now it is our duty to protect that treasure, holding on to those freedoms with all our might, and ensuring that the heritage, Constitution, the peace, culture, and borders all remain intact for generations. I’m proud to have been born and raised in the greatest Christian and Free nation on Earth- AMERICA.
So use your rights and liberties as long as God allows you! Even the apostle Paul used his liberties when he was persecuted. Several times he appealed to his Roman citizenship when he was in danger of death. And when he was imprisoned unjustly he demanded justice according to his rights: “Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” Acts 16:37