Easy times are coming to an end, persecution is coming. It’s something I think we all know, we can see it every time we watch the news. I can look just 4 hours south and see a city where Sharia law is already in effect to know that persecution like Disciples of Christ have experienced as normal is coming here and it will not be long before it is widespread.
More than one person recently has mentioned to me that they believe our children will face real persecution in their lives, not just the stuff we think is “persecution” here in our comfortable lives, but real persecution, the kind that early followers of Christ faced in Rome and have faced ever since in the majority of the world. That is what is normal. What we have grown up in and our parents grew up in is not normal; our children will probably not have the same privilege, they will likely be tested in ways that we have never been. How can I be preparing them for what lies ahead?
Yesterday I read the horrifying story about 12 Muslim-background Believers who were tortured and martyred because they wouldn’t renounce Jesus. One was a child. I could hardly get through the article, it is heartbreaking. I can’t help but imagine myself in their place as I look at my little children and think of the sweet boy who is now with Jesus.
If persecution on this scale is not far off for those of us in North America, We as mom’s need to be preparing our children for it. Praying for them is obviously the most important thing that we can do, it is our most valuable asset. Besides prayer we need to teach our children the word, not just cute Bible stories but all of it, have them memorize Scripture from a young age, remind them of those verses when they are afraid or when they doubt. Teach them about other religions and how they differ from what we believe. Teach them critical thinking and apologetics from a young age so that when questioned they will know how to answer intelligently. Then pray some more! Pray for them and pray with them, pray of the persecuted church with them and help them to be aware of what is going on in the world without filling them with fear. It won’t be easy but it will help our children be more prepared for life especially if their lives will be harder than ours have been so far, and along the way we will be preparing ourselves as well.