Social persecution is often called discrimination. It consists of making people outcasts. An example of extreme mental and spiritual persecution is seen when Peter and John were threatened not to preach the gospel in Acts 5: 40-42, “After giving them a thorough whipping, they warned them not to speak in Jesus’ name and sent them off. The apostles went out of the High Council overjoyed because they had been given the honor of being dishonored on account of the Name. Every day they were in the Temple and homes, teaching and preaching Christ Jesus, not letting up for a minute.”
When we were first married we were associate pastors of a church in Las Vegas, Nevada. One night we were invited to a church conference at the Desert Inn Hotel, only to see a picket line across the front entrance. But we wanted to hear the speaker so we decided to drive slowly through. As we did, picketers reluctantly parted to allow the car to pass, but not without one belligerent man approaching us and asking Keith if I was his
who**. Keith’s answer to this bully was not what the man expected. Keith looked him straight in the eye and said, “You know, Brother, Jesus really loves you…” The mans face noticeably fell, and he walked away. The
Word never goes out void.