As we are seeming snowballing down towards End Times, we are more divided then ever. This division is finding every nook and cranny to fill with resentment, bitterness, and hostility. People are ending relationships with friends because of this political divide. I know we want a magic pill to make everything better, but real answers and healing will take more than any government programs or political leaders can give.
We don’t have to be overwhelmed with feelings of discouragement because our word seems to be in suck chaos. Even though America was founded on biblical principles, our media, our school system, and our government, align with very different values now. We are officially a post-Christian society that mocks Jesus and absolute truth.
Persecution for faith has been present since Noah, but it’s starting to become a regular part of the American experience. Believers are experiencing many types of opposition for their faith in Christ Jesus.
As believers, do we have to turn the other cheek and do nothing as we are marginalized and intimidated, or can we stand up in a way that honors Christ and truth? I think the key is to stand in God’s love and truth without giving into anger, depression and resentment. Remember, suffering promotes character and produces joy.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Character doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Suffering leads to perseverance, character and hope in Christ. Even though Paul and Silas had been wrongfully imprisoned for their faith, they praised God through song in the midst of the trial.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
They honored God, stood for truth, and had joy in the midst of suffering, and God blessed them, and He will bless us when we stand for His word in love and joy.