“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12)
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Peter penned these words to Christians who were despised, rejected, and persecuted. They had few rights in this world and Peter wanted them to understand this was “normal” for the person who had decided to follow Jesus.
Christians in America have been blessed with certain rights afforded by the constitution, and they should be guarded through every legitimate channel. However, the word of God says losing these rights should not catch us by surprise or as something strange; even more so when you consider the degree of persecution Peter was addressing…far more than losing our free speech rights.
The Duck Dynasty controversy is only one of many birth pangs that the Lord is giving America to prepare for the coming days, the days that will imitate the days of early Christians and fulfill prophetic times. It’s happening already to our brothers and sisters around the world and they have much to teach us.
So what does this have to do with unreached people groups? We have an eternal home and our labor is to invite the world to join us there; keep making disciples of all nations and don’t be surprised if the world hates you…they hated Him first.