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by Alan Shlemon
A friend recently asked me, “Do you feel persecuted?” He asked because he heard how people pester me about my views, send me hate mail, and threaten me. I didn’t think too long about my answer and just said, “No, not really.”
I suppose that, technically, I am persecuted. Because I follow Jesus and teach biblical views the culture opposes, many people get upset with me and make their feelings known. But because my experience pales in comparison to the persecution I’ve witnessed and read about, I hesitate to call it persecution.
For example, each year I teach Egyptian Christians in the Middle East. They face difficulty at every turn because they live in a country and culture that is dominated by Islam. They get mocked, insulted, and threatened. Their churches are attacked, burned, and blown up. They’re not free to build new churches or repair damaged ones (an exception being Egypt’s President al-Sisi, who pledged to repair churches after the August 2013 attacks on over 40 Christian churches and institutions). There’s no ACLU equivalent ready to jump to the defense of Christian minorities.
The apostle Paul described his own sufferings, many at the hands of his enemies…
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