Or maybe the fact that I am a Green Bay Packer fan living in the state of Minnesota Viking fans. Besides that.. persecution is a little on the light side in my life.
This first century church perseveres through REAL PERSECUTIONS that make 'Minnesota Winter Windchill' feel like a warm summer breeze.
- Peter and John are imprisoned for what I like to call 'inciting a revival',
- Stephen is stoned to death as the first Martyr for the Christian Faith.
- Then Paul enters the scene and is blinded, beaten, stoned, snake bit, shipwrecked, and logged more jail-time than Otis from the old Andy Griffith show.
Now fast forward to today .. I am sitting in my warm home in a country that has allowed me freedom to worship. While the outside temperature may go below zero in the Minnesota winter months I have my gas fireplace warming me as I type.
Recently Jo Behar from the TV show 'The View' called Vice President Mike Pence mentally ill because he prays to Jesus for direction for our country.
Pro-life, traditional marriage stances are demonized as political hate speech by the ever growing 'progressive' profane, vulgar lifestyles of the 'rich and shameless' .
The body of Christ should be unwavering and unapologetic of the gospel message. If we really believe Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Jesus. Jo 14:6, then shame on us as believers when we are silent.
May God find us all faithful and full of His Love, and in all things we do. I pray God's people do not live to please man but instead to honor God.
To God be the Glory!
Jeff (persecuted by Viking fans) Larson