Christians are persecuted daily by Muslims the world over. In many places they are not allowed to display crosses, construct churches, or pray in public. Elsewhere, they are taxed, jailed, or tortured and killed.
Just days ago, Hindus in India doused a Christian pastor and his wife with gasoline and threatened to burn them alive. They also destroyed their church.
Attacks against Christians have grown astronomically. The Anglican Church, for example, announced (Easter, 2015) that Christians in nearly half of its 38 provinces were suffering persecution. It is thought that nearly 200 million Christians in over 60 countries face some sort of restrictions (Guardian News and Media Limited, the guardian.com 27 July, 2015).
Though few may consider them persecution, Muslim terror attacks in the U.S. are nothing less than attacks on Christianity and the stalwart nation that both defined and defended Christianity for 200 years.
Yes, Christians the world over are afraid. We know, however, that Christ wins in the end. We know there is a special place in hell for those who persecute Christians and a special place by the side of Christ for those who were beheaded for His name’s sake (Revelation chapter 20).
Over 2700 years ago, Isaiah delivered a promise to the nation of Israel that can and should be applied by 21st century Christians. Isaiah delivered it, but the promise is from God:
Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
– Isaiah 35:4
Fear Not, for God will come with a vengeance.
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