A Protestant church in Jabat, in Madhya Pradesh India, was attacked by a mob of 500 Hindu extremists who threw stones at Christians and damaged the church’s entrance over an allegedly torn nationalist flag.
AsiaNews reported on Thursday that the radicals were apparently incensed when they discovered that saffron-colored flags, the symbol color of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, placed outside the church had been torn.
Every day it seems that we are hearing of some sort of persecution being done to believers around the world. if not India, then China, if not China then some other local. Many believers it is reported, are traumatized about these violent acts and try to pry to keep people, missionaries etc., from harm. We should not be traumatized nor afraid if and when persecution comes. It should be expected as the whole NT warns us that we will suffer in some form for following Christ. Peter tells us:
1Pe 3:13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
1Pe 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened.
1Pe 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
1Pe 3:16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
1Pe 3:17 It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
We should expect to be persecuted and expect it to come someday. We should not react like scared little chickens. God does protect us but he also allows us to suffer for his name, if not for pruning purposes then other divine reasons. When persecution takes place, we can pray and ask God to stop it and keep people from harm but it would be better if when we pray that we add in pleas that those believers who do suffer will endure and not lose their faith.
These are important requests because God does not nor do we want anyone to give up their faith when faced with physical suffering. Jesus taught us the same thing when he said:
Mt 10:22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
So we should not be taken by surprise when persecution comes the believer’s way. We should be ready and armed with the right words to plead to God in order that those persecuted will not fail and be saved. Saved does not necessarily kept alive and returned to a good life, it can also mean entering heaven sooner than their counterparts.
So be wise Christians and be prepared for we have been warned what to expect. We do not live in a bubble where nothing will reach us so let’s get ready to support our fellow believers with the right prayers and less emotions.