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Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness - Matthew 5:10-12

All of us who are in this room are in the position of the Christians to whom the author of Hebrews was writing: “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Heb. 12:4).And yet, I know that the suffering that I have experienced as a disciple of Jesus Christ has been marginal compared to even these believers.For they had “endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one” (10:32-35).These guys had suffered ridicule, the loss of their possessions, and prison for the sake of Christ.We have had it incredibly easy here in the US for so long that we don’t realize just how normal it is to suffer in these ways for Christ.
According to Joe Carter, Christians are the mo…