Acts 8:1 shows early Christians being persecuted:
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
I know that I often forget about persecution because oftentimes it doesn’t feel like I’m being persecuted or my life doesn’t lend itself to persecution. For most of us the most persecution we would feel is someone not talking to us or thinking we are weird. That is not the case for millions of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world.
One of the best organizations focusing on the persecuted church is Voice of the Martyrs. They have lots of different ways to get involved and to serve the persecuted church. One of the ways is to read the Persecution Blog.
An official arm of VOM this blog is updated multiple times daily about the latest news stories featuring Christians persecuted around the globe.
Recent headlines include:
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So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8:31-39