Facing Persecution

Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry persecutionabout what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.
― Andrew Breitbart

If you stand for your principles, there will always be those who attack you for them. Jesus give this advice to his disciples on facing persecution: First, Jesus says that nothing that is said to you can hurt you, even if you are called the devil, and that the truth of who you are and who your persecutors are will come out in the end.

If they call the master of the house Beelzebub, what worse can they say of those of his household? Do not fear them, because there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, nothing hidden that shall not be known.

Next, he tells them that it is better to die for your principles than to turn away from what is right.

What I tell you in darkness, speak of in the light, and what I say into your ear, shout from the rooftops. Do not fear those who can kill your body but are unable to kill the soul. Rather, fear that which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Finally, he promises that those who preach his message will be rewarded in the coming kingdom. Here, Jesus’s certainty that he will be alive when the kingdom comes is clear.

Whoever preaches my message to men, I will endorse before the Lord of heaven. But whoever denies me before men, I will deny before the Lord of heaven.

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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