WHEN THEY HATE YOU
“When they hate you,
it’s really easy to know who you are.
You’re the person they hate.
When they actually don’t hate you,
you have to decide who you are.”
– Spoken by a Jewish Rabbi
As a Jew, the Rabbi was speaking about how suffering brought the Jewish community together and forced people to confront their “Jewishness.” There was no getting away from their heritage. If someone wanted to escape his Jewish label, he couldn’t, because the hatred of others had clearly identified each and every last Jew in the community. It’s only when being Jewish – or Christian – is easy, that one can hide. That’s when we have to decide for ourselves – without the force of group persecution – that we will follow Jesus.
Maybe a little persecution would be good for us after all.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
2 Tim. 3:12