Jesus cautioned us in John 15:18 that “If the world hates you,you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” Jesus added, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Pro-life activist Mark Houck’s recent court victory over the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) is a real world example of governmental persecution of a man whose only crime is serving God by glorifying Jesus. This is a story every Bible-believing Christian needs to pay attention to.
What started as a father shoving a male planned parenthood escort to protect his son later turned into a predawn government raid by the FBI. Houck recounts the genesis of his ordeal with Steve Bannon:
A predawn raid by the FBI on a law-abiding citizen as if he were a dangerous criminal. As Mr Houck recounted his actions, I believe it was the Holy Spirit giving him the words to say and controlling his actions . As both Houck and Steve Bannon mentioned, the tensions were such that someone could be shot.
“But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”
Here is Part 2 of the interview:
Let’s be honest, the whole idea of persecution is not a pleasant subject to think about. It is much easier to to go along to get along as a Christian. After all, what about the shame, embarrassment , possible loss of income and the very real possibility of losing one’s life?
But Jesus told His disciples that in the midst of hatred and injustice comes blessing.
“Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake.”–Luke 6:22
The reality of Christianity is that our lives are no longer our own. We were once dead in our sin , but we are alive in Christ. Our primary mission as Christians is to spread the good news of the Gospel so that other lost souls can be rescued from the darkness and brought into the light.
God has blessed each and every believer to carry out this task in his or her own unique way. Our goals are not riches, fame, nor stature; for the world chases after these things. We are not of the world.
May we all throw up prayers of protection for Mark Houck and his family, and may we also ask the Lord for boldness and courage to speak the truth no matter what. I believe when more Christians in America fear the Lord more than man, that’s when we will see revival in this country.