Persecution-the act or practice of persecuting; especially, the infliction of loss, pain, or death for adherence to a particular creed or mode of worship.(Websters)
Even as I continue this path of Christianity, as I have stated previously, there are new and different challenges that I face on this upper road. I think the one that has become the most disturbing to me is the persecution that Christians face, but not from where you would think it would come from. It would in no way shock me to face adversity from atheist, agnostics, etc.., I expect that. The place where I have faced the most persecution is from individuals that claim that they are Christians themselves. This is something I just don't understand.
This persecution amongst Christians is only harming us. We as brothers and sisters in Christ need to wise up and get a clue about why this occurs. "If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven-if there was anything to forgive-I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are unaware of his schemes." 2 Corinthians 2:10-11. How easy we make it for Satan. If we persecute and cause separation between each other it makes it all the easier for him to wedge his way in.
No matter what label you put on it, baptist, methodist, non-denominational(you fill in the blank) we have to come together as one against the enemy. If we do not want to become one of the countless Christian casualties on the path, we have to learn to fight for each other instead of with each other.
Even though I have been a Christian for most of my life, I have not always lead the life I needed to. It has not been until the past year that I have finally got IT. I mean really got it, got Him. God really got my attention and through the help of two great teachers M2 and JB, (pastor and assoc. pastor) I have become more obedient than I ever thought possible. I am prepared to draw my sword against the enemy. I ask you my brothers and sisters, Will you stand next to me with your sword drawn?