What Have we Learned from the Global Church About True Persecution?

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Equality Act, which seeks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. However, the bill seems unlikely to pass the evenly divided Senate.

Some American Christians worry the bill could interfere with the operation of non-profits and parachurch organizations. Others grieve the loss of cultural norms perhaps more closely aligned with a Christian ethic. The discussion has brought many fears of persecution to the forefront.

However, given the rich history of religious freedom in America,  Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs USA reminds us,  “The call to Biblical discipleship is not dependent on government regulation or government permission. The disciples, even in the immediate aftermath of Christ ascending into heaven, were not in a position of government approval, or government power. The church has always been independent of what the government says. Our call is to follow Christ. Our call is to be disciples.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Ask God to give Christians in the US clarity of vision for discipleship in Christ.
  • Pray the U.S. Church would model the love of Jesus towards all people.