By Patrick Hawthorne
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12)
A friend recently presented a question on Facebook that made me take a mental step backwards as I pondered the truth of the inquiry. With hand on chin in my, “I’m seriously thinking,” pose, I meditated on the words that had been written.
“Are you truly being persecuted for living a Godly life? Or are you being persecuted for being a jerk?” What a great question!
This query, aimed at the reading audience, was birthed from my friend being a bit miffed about Christian’s using 2 Timothy 3:12 as a throw down verse to justify bad behavior so that they could pick up the, “I’m being persecuted” flag.
I love this friend dearly but we don’t always see eye to eye on every issue. For that matter, when it comes to current societal issues, I dare say that we disagree more than we agree. However, as it relates to this particular issue, I am one hundred percent in agreement.
When the behavior of the Christian mimics the behavior of the world, we have a serious problem. Yes, I believe you should stand up for what you believe. Yes, I believe you should have the freedom to protect your family…and yes, I believe you should stand up to governmental laws that violate not only Biblical principles but just plain ole common horse sense. One such issue is this ridiculous bathroom ruling. It is stupid gone to seed.
On the flip side, no born again child of God has the freedom to act like a total jerk and then claim religious persecution. That dog don’t hunt. Am I guilty of acting like a total moron at times? Yep! Guilty as charged. And, the sad part to me is not so much that I acted like an idiot, but that I lost a chance to be a light to a dying world. Be blessed.