I was just looking over my blog and noticed this post which I started in 2015 but for some reason never expanded or published. Even though ISIS is not in the news anymore, Christians continue to be persecuted for their faith around the world today. Check out Voice of the Martyrs for more information.
With ISIS in the news almost every day with a new atrocity against those who don’t agree with their outlook on the world, I thought it would be interesting to think through some principles of how we who follow Jesus should relate to those who disagree with us.
What does it mean practically (not politically) for the follower of Jesus to hold to absolute truth – true truth – and live in peace with the rest of the world? Here are a few thoughts:
A. Followers of Jesus are not the ones to bring the wrath of God to those who don’t follow Jesus.
B. Followers of Jesus are called to announce the good news of Jesus
C. Followers of Jesus will suffer injustice in the name of Jesus
D. Followers of Jesus are called to love their enemies
E. Followers of Jesus are to be people of hope, even when circumstances are dire
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake, we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
~ Romans 8:35