“Being attacked either verbally or physically is part of being a true Christian in this world. It comes with the job.”
This is something I read this morning from a Facebook page called “The Christian Resistance”. And this is actually one of the things I’ve come to appreciate about social media: despite the differences of opinion, it enables me to dive into the text, to dive into my beliefs; it causes me to reevaluate my ‘position’ on a given topic and either move or affirm my understandings.
The full post says this:
Being attacked either verbally or physically is part of being a true Christian in this world. It comes with the job. If you preach sound doctrine and truth, you WILL be attacked and that is a guarantee. Don’t complain over it and don’t cry over it. When necessary/possible, counterattack and defend yourself, and no matter what give God glory and thanks because the marks of being a true Christian… the marks of belonging to God and not this world… ARE persecution in many various forms.
Several things in here got me thinking:
- 1) How should we define “sound doctrine and truth”?
- 2) Where is the mindset to “When possible, counterattack and defend yourself” affirmed through this sound doctrine and truth?
- 3) “…the marks of being a true Christian…the marks of belonging to God and not this world…ARE persecution in many various forms.” Is this true, and represented in scripture?
Here’s my contribution to the debate, take them for what you will: Continue reading Persecution…comes with the job?