"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
I can’t believe this! How can this happen?!
I ran into this story (Supreme Court Case) while piddling around on Google. If you remember a few weeks ago I wrote a piece on the omnipresence of God. Basically the argument was that the world is trying to convince you that God does not belong in certain aspects of our lives. Among those places was school. According to the article a small college in San Francisco withdrew a clubs right to be recognized as an official club on their campus. The club had asked members to sign a statement of faith consistent with a biblical standard of sexual morality. If you are wondering what type of club it was… you guessed it. It is a Christian club. The college revoked the club status under the guise that it would discriminate against homosexuals. To sum up… the college wanted this club to remove God from their club or to worship a God that did not exist.
Now this is probably appalling to a number of you reading this. How can this happen? Especially here in America where we have been given the right to free speech! Simply put…this is happening because the Bible said that it would. Look at 2 Timothy 3. There are a number of verses that are applicable to this situation. The one I want to focus on here is 2 Timothy 3:12. “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”. As is the case with so many other things in the Bible…there is no qualification, no gray area, just a simple statement. If you WANT to live a godly life…you will be persecuted.
Another interesting verse to consider is John 15:18-21.
18″If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.'[a] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.”
What is this verse telling us? Simply put…you will be persecuted for your faith. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it. In this case, the club had the opportunity to gain favor by denying biblical truth. Rather, they have turned their back on the world, and now the world hates them for it. They are doing it right. Another interesting aspect here is the use of the word “will” in verse 21. Again, no gray area. Christ leaves little doubt as to the results of your faith when it comes to dealing with the world. You WILL be persecuted because you KNOW God, and the world does not.
We can be certain that this type of persecution for our faith is going to happen – there is no need to be appalled. At a certain point this club had the opportunity to turn their back on God and his word. Rather than cowering to man, they stood up for God.
I know it is a natural, instinctive emotional response to get angry. Why get angry? Know the truth and be comfortable in it. This will happen because God said it would. This cannot be emphasized enough. Rejoice with this club for taking a stand for God, and not caving to the world (cf. James 1:2). Rejoice with anyone who defies the world and does not forsake their faith so that the world will love them.