Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
~ 2 Timothy 3:12
Many Western Christians – especially those with a pietistic streak whose sole goal when reading Scripture is to “feel convicted” – rightly ponder how they are suffering persecution, as Paul seems here to promise. They get along well enough in their workplace, although their coworkers might find their occasional evangelism a bit strange. They have a typical family with wife and children; some conflicts, but certainly no anti-Christian persecution. They attend church on Sunday and enjoy both the worship and the fellowship. They pray for persecuted Christians in Sudan, the Middle East, and North Korea, and are glad to have general religious freedom in America. Then they start their weeks over.
What’s going on here?
The answer is largely a problem of pietism, specifically, a lack of concern for publicly combating institutional degeneracy (i.e. not gay “structural racism,” but genuine institutional sin). It is generally rare, at least in our times, for a man to be persecuted simply because he believes in Christianity, rather than because he acts on his Christian principles, and because his actions conflict with others’ goals …
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