When we suffer, as Christians, for being a Christian.. Example:locked for praying, wearing Christian shirts, beaten up for our faith or arrested or threatened with death, etc.. All for Christ.. We should find it joy.. And not retaliate. Just like Jesus did not retaliate. He bore it all. Taking the beating etc.
“For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” 1Peter 2:20-23
So, we are not to respond. But, show compassion, mercy, love, and forgiveness towards those who “persecute” us for our faith in Christ.
We are NOT to stay silent when it comes to sin.
I think Christians get confused about this.
They think we are to stay silent and out of the way of the world. When it comes to sin and ungodly things.. We are to speak up .
- Ezekiel 3:17-18
- Matthew 18:15
- Galatians 6:1
- 1Timothy 5:20
Here are just a few verses to check out about calling out sin. We should.. But.. Only by being led by His spirit , so we do not come across as “holier than thou”
Every action should be led by his Spirit.
As Christians, should we remain silent when our nation is sinning?
Should we speak up ?
Of course we should pray! There is no question. But.. These are things we have to think about.. Not everyone is bold to speak up against sin.. Publically. And I understand that.
But, Some can. And we should! In my opinion.
So I leave you with this thought and this verse…