3. What Are We Getting Ready For?

The world is changing.

America is divided like it hasn’t been since the Civil War — and it’s mostly along spiritual fault lines.

Bakers, florists, and filmmakers are being forced out of their businesses, because they won’t compromise their Christian convictions. A motivational speaker was fired for his beliefs. Acts of anti-Christian hostility in America increased by 15 percent from 2015 to 2016, and the trend isn’t slowing any. This hostility is concentrated at the highest, most influential levels of society.

Is it really “persecution”?

Yes, by Jesus’ own definition in Matthew 5:11-12:

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Of course it isn’t like the persecution our brothers and sisters face in China, North Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere. So if you don’t want to use that word for it, that’s fine; call it anti-Christian hostility instead. Whatever you call it, it’s something new, difficult, and unfamiliar; and most of us aren’t really ready for it.

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