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Blessed are the Persecuted

Blessed are the Persecuted

It is beyond sad that there has been yet another mass shooting in the U.S. at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. My heart and prayers go out to the family of the victims, those still at the hospital recovering from their injuries and a community affected by this horrible tragedy.

The survivors have reported the shooter was targeting Christians, apparently, after shooting the teacher he asked students to stand-up and say what religion they were. The Christians were shot in the head, while those of other faith were shot in the leg.

This is the second mass shooting to target Christians (although the Charleston shooting was also race related) in less than 6 months. Back in June, during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, nine people were killed by a gunman, including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney; a tenth victim survived.

A beautiful thing happened though after the Charleston shooting because the families, community, and church members embodied what it means to be Christian. While very much in pain and deep suffering from their losses; they offered the shooter their forgiveness. They set the tone of how this senseless act of violence would be remembered…something all Christians can be proud and grateful for.

There’s been an onslaught in my newsfeed on Facebook since the Oregon shooting from fellow Christians condoning President Obama, mainstream media and arguing about gun laws. It’s a hateful stream of reading that do very little to represent the teachings of Jesus.

It is written in the Word of God, in Matthew 5:11-12 that because of our faith, we will be persecuted.

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

TEN. TEN faithful Christians stood and claimed their Savior probably knowing they would die. They did not deny Him when the time came and their reward in heaven is great. Christians are persecuted around the world but yet, they too continue to spread the Gospel. How incredibly pathetic and dishonoring is it for those who are simply bystanders to these acts to spread hate, blame and guilt?!? What about spreading prayers, a message of forgiveness, recognition for our Savior, and submission to His plan and understanding. How about being Christians and standing fast for whatever persecution might come our way for not being like others in our society.

Please delete whatever status you have written that does nothing to glorify Him and instead offer a prayer. Show the world the power of prayers and begin the remove the anger, hate, and blame which empower the Devil.

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