What happened to the Apoptles?
Today’s American Conservative Christians like to claim that they are being persecuted. They rasise this “cry” whenever anyone disagrees with them, when they don’t get their way or receive “preferred” treatment, or when they are mocked.
Perhaps these folks need to remember what real persecution looks like?
A new way to “hear” something familiar:
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there
is more of God and God’s rule.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only
then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are-no more, no less.
That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food
and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find
yourselves cared for.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world-your mind and heart-put
right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of
compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your
place in God’s family.
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The
persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
“Not only that-count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens-give a cheer, even!-for though they don’t like it, I
do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
Matthew 5:3-12 (The Message)