Christians preparing for hostility

Kevin DeYoung on Christians preparing for hostility
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Have you ever wondered what you would do in the face of persecution? How you could stand and not deny your faith in Jesus Christ in light of possible danger to your own life? Please read the following article from Kevin DeYoung, Pastor of University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan, Kevin blogs over at the GospelCoalition.org Link to Kevin’s blog http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung

Kevin DeYoung gives some excellent answers and exhortations on preparing for the inevitability of the coming hostility, something that some of us may have already experienced, while some may not have yet had any hostile encounters whatsoever. But, be prepared, it’s coming. Because it’s not so much about what you say anymore, what is also becoming an issue is what you believe in. And that may trigger hostility from acquaintances, neighbors, coworkers and even some of our own friends.

DeYoung asks:

How will the church of Jesus Christ respond when so many of those around us tell us that what we believe is repugnant? What will we do when we are the moral minority?

Here’s how DeYoung encourages us to look at hostility not as something to plan for or make ourselves miserable about it in order to prepare to suffer, but-

…to trust that if that day comes there will be new mercies on that morning for you. The only way to prepare to walk with Jesus on that day is to walk with him on this day.

and he encourages us not to focus on ourselves, but to meditate on Christ, and the aim of our faith is Christ:

The best preparation is not to meditate on yourself. What would I be like if I were persecuted? Would I be a coward? Will I be terrified?  Sometimes we think, “If I suffer or get cancer or something bad happens to me, I’d be a wreck. I won’t be able to handle it. If persecution comes my way, or people think poorly of me, or if I have to deal with hatred in the classroom, I will surely fail.” But that’s putting the focus in the wrong place. The answer is not to meditate on yourself, but to meditate on Christ.

If you want to see the Son of God in the clouds on your last day, you need to look upon the face of the Son of God on this day.

Be full of faith. Be full of wisdom. And pray for the Holy Spirit that you may know Christ richly, love him sweetly, and be assured of his grace and mercy to you at all times. If that is deep in your hearts, then how could you possibly deny him? How could you turn from him? How could you reject Him? He is your only comfort in life and in death.

read Kevin DeYoung’s entire article here – http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2013/01/25/how-to-prepare-for-hostility

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