The Gospel message of Jesus Christ is all about learning to pick up our cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). At times, this means persevering through hardships and persecution. But, we need not fret—for our reward is great!
Read 10 quotes from Billy Graham on Persecution:
Persecution is one of the natural consequences of living the Christian life. It is to the Christian what “growing pains” are to the growing child. No pain, no development. No suffering, no glory. No struggle, no victory. No persecution, no reward.
While Christians in America have worshipped without the fear or threat of physical abuse for their beliefs, thousands of their brothers in Christ throughout the world have been tortured and martyred for confessing the name Christ.
We should not covet or expect the praise of ungodly men…the very fact that they are inclined to persecute us is proof that we are “not of the world.”
No Christian has the right to go around wringing his hands, wondering what we are to do in the face of persecution, confusion, wars, and rumors of wars, we are to comfort one another with the knowledge that Jesus Christ is coming back in triumph, glory, and majesty.
Persecution may wear an insulting face. Insults may come as a result of a Christian’s lifestyle, which should be different from that of the secular world.
Bearing our cross does not mean wearing gunny sacks and long faces. Some people…wear the look of a martyr every time they hear criticism. Sometimes we deserve the criticism we receive; however, we are blessed only when men speak evil against us falsely for Christ’s sake.
In a country where Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disfavor, a government leader said to me with a twinkle in his eye, “Christians seem to thrive under persecution. Perhaps we should prosper them, and then they would disappear.
We can take persecution because we know the purpose behind it. The purpose is to glorify God.
Subtle persecution may happen to you in your office, school, or social gathering. You may not be “with it,” or be “one of the crowd.” No suffering that the Christians endures for Christ is ever in vain.
The Bible clearly says that faithfulness and persecution often go hand and hand.