What should be the christian attitude in the face of persecution

1 Peter 4:12-19: 

  • According to Peter, Christians should
    not be surprised at every fiery ordeal, which comes to them, 
  • They should
    not see it as a strange happening tp them. 
  • They should rejoice as in it
    they share Christ’s suffereings. 
  • They should rejoice and be glad when
    Christ’s glory is revealed, 
  • If they are reproached for Christ’s name they
    are blessed, 
  • The spirit of glory and God rests upon you. 
  • They should
    never suffer as murderers or thieves, 
  • Never suffer as a wrong doer or
    mischief-maker, 
  • He advised that if they suffer as Christians, they should
    not be ashamed, 
  • Under the name of Jesus, they should glorify God. 
  • It
    is time for judgment to begin from God’s household, 
  • The fate for those
    who do not obey God will be worse, 
  • Those who suffer according to God’s
    will should do right, 
  • They should entrust their souls to a faithful
    creator.

Types of Persecution Christians encounter today: 

  1. The state restricting their use of the Media such as Radio/Televison. 
  2. Discrimination in job and scholarship allocation, 
  3. Prohibition of open air
    rallies/crusades, 
  4. Taking over or undue interference in Christian
    institutions, 
  5. Disturbance of worship services, 
  6. Withholding of
    privileges e.g. acquiring of state lands, 
  7. Injustice in the courts.

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