With all the discussion of religious discrimination, bigotry, hatred, and abuse of government power today, a Christian can feel pretty lonely. We see citizens targeted for their beliefs, and their businesses destroyed. We have critics who try to silence our voices as we defend other Christians. We have politicians and legislators who block attempts for our right to educate and raise our own children. And these say nothing of the everyday battles we each fight individually with health, finances and relationships.
I find it expedient and necessary to share a few words of encouragement for Christians to consider from God's sanctified author said here:
"For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, 'THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.' For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:3-6 NASB [Emboldened & italics mine.]
God knew we Christians would face a day like today wherein issues such as these would create firestorms of controversy with social and political pressures. He forewarned us. God wanted Christians to know that through perseverance and encouragement of Scriptures, we could come to calming conclusions for our heart, mind and soul. In Him there is "hope". He also knew we'd need the help of our brothers and sisters, so he added a prayer for us to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus so that we'd have one voice to glorify our Father in heaven.
Do we have one voice? We truly need it if we plan to glorify Christ. What a difference we could make in our world if we all stood together, shoulder to shoulder for all Christian hearts and lives. I do not know what difficulties you face today, perhaps a battle that seems lost-- or a future that looks bleak. But I do know that the MOST HIGH GOD knows your situation and HE will protect you when you look to Him. He watches over us wherein our leaders fail and our country falters. Look to the encouragement of Scripture and receive hope. God's Word is sure.