Scandalous Once More


I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”             John 16:33 NLT

Not long ago Vice President Pence faced protesters as he spoke at a “Christian” university then this week David Roark, communications director of the Village recently was uninvited from a graphic design conference. Of course these are just two well known examples that point out something lots of us have been sensing for quite a while. Christianity is once more thankfully and thoroughly scandalous! This not only should not come as a surprise to us who call ourselves followers of Jesus it should be an encouragement. Maybe after a generation of our struggles to become socially acceptable we ought to be glad that being shunned puts us a little closer to the master. Paul said that His preaching was considered pure foolishness to the important people of His day. All His press coverage was negative, but God was always near in to listen to his prayers. It is much better to be scandalous here and accepted in heaven than popular on earth but a sorrow to our Jesus.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. This quote was in my devotional this morning from Open Doors:
    “… not all believers in Romania are getting on well. Pastor Paul says, “In my experience, 95% of the believers who faced the test of external persecution passed it, while 95% of those who now face the test of prosperity fail it.”
    Chilling words for the American Church today. I hope losing some of our “prosperity” and gaining some persecution will put us back on the right track.

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      Amen I do sincerely believe that is what God is teaching us. What if they closed all our big church buildings and took away our Christian schools and organizations – could we still serve Jesus just the same?

  2. If the answer is “no,” we need to seriously reexamine our faith.
    One thing about persecution that will benefit the Church – it will weed out the phonies. 😉

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