Persecution of Christians“It was amazing,” he said. “You get punched for actually having sincere beliefs.”

So said Congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul, amazed at a rare political move on the part of Republican leaders in the American House of Representatives, punishing those committee members who voted on principle.

Even after so many years in public service, Mr. Paul seemed to be amazed at the move.

But Christians are not amazed at opposition from others because of their faith, because our Lord told us ahead of time.

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage — I have conquered the world.”
John 16.33 NET

The point of this devotional is spiritual, not political, so don’t get lost in the example.

The actions of others will surprise and shock, when considered from a worldly standpoint.

In the kingdom of God, what those outside of Christ will do is just what the Lord told us they would. They will “punch” others for sincere — and in our case, Christian — beliefs. Opponents of the Way will cause “trouble and suffering” for the faithful.

So we set aside worldly reactions of surprise, expect that others will behave according to their carnality, and work to proclaim to them the Christ who has conquered the world and gives peace to his people.

Blessed be the God who in Christ brings us peace in the knowledge of future opposition, rather than worry at what will happen. Praise to you for the courage we have at his victory!

Hold this thought: Expect the punch, so do not flinch.

What do you think?