Jesus said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
He warned us to anticipate persecution, and now we are doing so. Though we are not experiencing persecution anywhere near to the extent of those overseas, Christian America is not excluded, though I believe it will intensify here as time goes by.
The godless world cannot accept us Christians because we are too big of a reminder that there is a holy God and we are all accountable for our sins. That is the last thing they want to hear because they love their sin.
"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed." (John 3:19-20)
We are the light of the world because we represent Jesus, and they can't stand us or our message of hope and peace in Christ.
I have reported instances of Christian persecution throughout Muslim nations until I am blue in the face, but this article gives an excellent review of what's taking place. Remember, Jesus is worth any persecution that we must endure because of the suffering He went through on that cross on Calvary for us.
From Prophecy Update:
Persecution Grows: Media Ignores Issue
"Jesus told us that persecution would be one of our signs, and today's news serves to confirm this fact:
Christian Church Burnings Are Happening All Over The World And The U.S. Media Is Deadly Silent About It
'Did you know that hundreds of church burnings have taken place all over the globe so far in 2011?
For a large percentage of those of you that are reading this article, this is the first that you have heard of it. And do you want to know why? News stories about church burnings and the persecution of Christians around the world are not "politically correct" enough to get into the mainstream media most of the time.
Have you ever noticed that an overwhelming percentage of news stories about Christianity in the mainstream media are negative?
There seems to be an unspoken rule that you should never report on anything that would portray the Christian faith in a positive light - even if it is reporting on how churches are being mercilessly burned to the ground. Others fear that reporting on church burnings would somehow justify the endless wars in the Middle East.
But the truth is that many of the regimes that the U.S. government has put in place or is propping up are actively involved in the persecution of Christians. Whatever religion you belong to, and whatever your political philosophy is, we should all be able to agree that church burnings are evil.'
Now the article moves into specific examples:
'Today, hundreds of churches around the world are being torched. I am a Christian and I am not going to be ashamed to shed light on these great crimes. If you don't like that, then maybe you should ask yourself why that is the case.
The following are just a few examples of the widespread church burnings that we have seen so far this year....
In the aftermath of the U.S.-backed "Egyptian revolution", church burnings have become a regular thing all over Egypt. The recent burning of a Coptic church right in the middle of Cairo has plunged the provisional government in Egypt into crisis mode as a recent article in The Telegraph noted....
Egypt's caretaker government has held crisis talks after attacks by Muslim mobs on Coptic Christian churches in Cairo left at least 12 people dead and drove the country's growing religious tensions to the brink.
Unfortunately, this is not just an isolated incident. Christians in Egypt now must watch out for attacks every single day. This latest round of violence against Christians really got going back on New Year's Eve when 21 people were killed and 43 people were injured when a massive bomb went off outside a Coptic church in the city of Alexandria, Egypt.
Egypt is spinning out of control and the horrific persecution of the Coptic Christian minority (about 10 percent of the Egyptian population) is rising to frightening levels.
Earlier this year there was an attack during which an estimated 4,000 Muslims violently assaulted Christian homes and burned a church in the Egyptian town of Soul which is about 18 miles from Cairo.
It has become incredibly difficult to be a Christian in the nation of Pakistan. Church burnings and physical attacks on Christians have become commonplace.
The following is how an article posted on Asia News described the recent problems in one particular province....
Tensions are running high in Gujranwala, a town in the Pakistani province of Punjab, recent scene of repeated attacks by Muslim extremists against the Christian minority. Yesterday, a mob attacked Christian homes and places of worship, setting fire to a number of churches. Only the action of police prevented any loss of life and injuries.
For example, one Pakistani Christian named Arshed Masih died after radical Muslim leaders, backed by police, burned him alive for refusing to convert to Islam while his wife was raped by police officers. This incident, which took place on March 19th, 2010 is just another example of how horrible things have become for Christians in Pakistan
In Ethiopia, dozens of churches are being burned. The international media is reporting that 69 churches in a single Ethiopian city were burned just in the month of March alone.
The following is how Radio Netherlands describes what has been going on in Ethiopia ....
Evangelical churches and homes of Christians in Asendabo, about 300 kilometers southwest of capital Addis Ababa, and other towns in the Jimma region were torched earlier this month. Thousands of them have fled their hometowns to safer areas.
More than 46 churches belonging to the Pentecostal Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church and 23 belonging to other Christian groups have been burnt down, says Temesgen Wolde, coordinator of the Kale Hiwot department in Jimma City. His church shelters eighty refugee Christians in a tent.
In Nigeria, hundreds of church burnings have been reported so far this year. Many of them took place after the Christian candidate for president defeated the Islamic candidate for president back in April. Thousands of Christian homes and businesses were destroyed and nobody is sure how many Christians were actually slaughtered. The following is how an article posted on FRONTPAGEMAG describes what went down....
Angry that Christian President Goodluck Jonathan defeated Muslim candidate Muhammadu Buhari, Islamists in the Shariah-ruled north began rioting on Monday, April 18, 2011, after preliminary results of the April 16 election were announced. Soon newspapers featured grisly photos of charred bodies lining the streets. Hundreds of churches were burned and thousands of Christian-owned businesses destroyed, according to the Christian human rights group, Open Doors. And International Christian Concern reported that the Kaduna-based Civil Rights Congress was still "discovering more details of massacres that have been carried out in the hinterland." Upwards of 40,000 Christians have been displaced in the past few weeks.'
'The truth is that the U.S. government and the U.S. media have never really shown much concern for the good people living in places like Nigeria, Ethiopia and Sudan. For years and years, countless thousands of Christians in Sudan were being slaughtered by government-backed forces and countless thousands of Christians were actually being sold into slavery, and yet our government did nothing.'
What about the U.S.?
'Persecution of Christians in the United States is growing too.
In California, one high school student named Kenneth Dominguez was suspended for talking about Jesus Christ with his fellow students. According to The Christian Post, Dominguez "didn't shout or preach out loud and he limited his talk to lunch breaks and the hallways, and not the classroom.
But he got suspended anyway.
You see, the truth is that the word "Jesus" has become a dirty word in the United States today.'
Of course, this is just one example - there are many many more.
'One U.S. Navy chaplain even had to face a court-martial for standing up for the right to pray "in Jesus name" in the U.S. Navy.'
Just as predicted. Voice of the Martyrs estimates that approximately 150,000 Christians are killed annually, world-wide. That definitely makes persecution a major issue for our generation, yet it largely remains unreported.
Its yet another sign of our times - another sign which Jesus warned us about - another sign which tells us that we are indeed in the last days.
Lets all remember to pray for our brave brothers and sisters as they endure this persecution."