Posted by: John Hall | April 1, 2008

It hurts

Persecution.  Suffering.  I’m quite convinced by what I read in the bible that if we’re not experiencing it, that we’re probably not living life as a true follower of Christ.  I’m not particularly fond of the idea, but I get it.  Being a follower of Jesus is supposed to be radical.  The way Jesus lived was at odds with his society and religion of the day, it also made Satan mad.  It still does. I’m not promoting self mortification, but if we live the way of love the inevitable will happen.  It makes Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 1:8 piercing:  “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.  But join me in suffering for the gospel…”  I had to read it a few times before I believed what I was reading.  If we’re proclaiming Jesus as Lord, trouble will come a rollin’.  What do you think?



  1. The early church judged that it was wrong to make oneself a martyr. If persecution comes from pursuing the true impulses of following Jesus then it is within the framework described. Sometimes we can invite rejection by our own impatience or follishness or lack of courtesy. This is not good.

    These days it seems that much of the pressure comes from within the camp of believers but then in the prediction of Jesus’ experience with Judas it says that the one breaking bread with Jesus would step on him.

    /the good thing is that the Lord never leaves us alone and always sends someone to help us carry
    the load when we need it most.


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