An attractive blonde wearing a leather jacket over a T-shirt, make-up and jewelry in place, is sitting with an iPhone in hand talking about the scripture Matthew 5:10 which says,
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Talking about Jesus’ “show and tell moment” when He healed a few lame and others who were there then went upon a mountain to teach on the blessings.
That was how my morning started.
I may be cynical, I may have a bad attitude, I will actually give you permission to judge me, as harshly as you like…it simply doesn’t matter to me… but from where I sit in my comfortable recliner on a soft blanket with my Air Mac computer on my lap typing this, having had two cups of hot coffee and a protein shake… that lady knows nothing of persecution.
If you want to see persecution go to some websites, maybe even YouTube and look at the Jews being led to slaughter, look at the Armenian’s having their young virgins hung on poles, skinned alive, people being tortured by hanging them over a flame just high enough to start their feet burning and then the rest of their body as they writhe in pain, other young men watching their wife’s pregnant belly slit open and their un-born baby pulled out and tossed from one soldier’s sword to the other while the tortured dad was tied and could do nothing. An uncle of my dad’s being starved and then made to drink water until his belly bloated and then taken to his family’s home so they could watch him be bludgeoned to death in front of their eyes… I would say those people had faced persecution for the crime of believing that Christ is the Son of the living God.
Those things I just mentioned didn’t just happen in 1915, the Armenian massacre, it is happening today not only in Armenia but to places all over the world where people believe in Christ.
You never thought your right to assemble would be challenged but it is and will get worse. Are you willing to be persecuted or will you continue to pass by an on-line service and just be glad you can come and go at will instead of being stuck in a pew where others can see if you are bored or need to go to the bathroom?
Hebrews 10: starting with, 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I feel so blessed to have been born in a time where I know the freedom of worship and having the choice to go to church.
You’re saying, “But it’s not just church haro, it’s public places because of “the virus!” “
I saw a picture of an absolutely packed airplane, people sitting side by side, no empty seats, all with masks on… then the picture of a beautiful edifice, a place of worship, sitting absolutely empty of any human.
If you are truly afraid then don’t be found at the grocery store, or any public place if you can’t find a place of worship to which you can go, wear a mask, sit at the social distance of six feet and at least be a part of the “meeting together” and “encouraging one another” because we know, if you are a student of the Bible and know the prophecies, we are living in a time where I believe that Jesus will return.
I read where someone said something like “people who are wanting to go wherever-the-hell-it-is” … well I am wanting to go and wherever the hell it is, to be with Jesus wherever heaven is.
When I think that all those who have been persecuted before me have not received their reward because they are waiting for me…
(Hebrews 11: starting with, 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.)
…it makes me sick to think how I have let them down, can I do better? As sure as there is a heaven and a hell I will continue to try.
End of rant.