Many may believe that, in times of persecution, those who are being persecuted should be quiet and hide until it is safe once again to come out in the open. If that’s you, that’s fine. If you want to take your faith and hide, go ahead.
But who will stand? Who will stay and fight? How will the Church grow if we’re all in hiding?
In the Book of Acts, the Church was under persecution. In the first verse of chapter 12, it says that the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. James was killed by the sword and Peter was put in chains.
You don’t have to search very long in the news to see that similar things are happening today – even in the West. We are not at all immune to persecution and, perhaps, it’s even worse here because the changes are subtle and churches are believing the little lies until they no longer believe the Truth.
So what did the church of Acts do? Did they hide? No! They prayed. They went out and brought the Gospel to those who could not or would not come to them.
But the word of God increased and multiplied.
Acts 12:24 (ESV)
It is easy to speak the Word when no one is against you, but the words have more weight when you speak them even though the world may be against you.
Daily Bible reading: Job 29-30, Acts 12