Have you been hearing church leaders say, “prepare for persecution”? While it seems obvious that people within the American gov’t, business and social institutions are turning against Jesus Christ and Biblical truth, I wonder if focusing on persecution is giving us a complete picture of all the available options.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God provides us with an If – Then proposition.  He says: “if my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The verse provides a conditional promise of blessing.  It says if we do 4 things, which are:

Then God says He will a) hear from Heaven; b) forgive our sin, and c) heal our land.

We must assume that if persecution is coming it’s because we are not doing our part.  Let’s unpack the 4 activities that make up our part:

Instead of acting as if spiritual decline and persecution is inevitable, what would happen if we took God’s Word seriously, and expected that if we do our four parts God indeed will do His three, which includes healing our land?

Proclaiming persecution, while ignoring the specifics of what God’s word says, seems like the easy way out.  If, however, we think through the horrible outcomes from governments attacking Christians, we realize there’s a devastatingly hard cost to pay.

Proclaiming repentance may seem risky but it’s the only way for us to get lifted up in liberty.

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