We live in a world today where more Christians are being killed for their faith than at any other time in history. Countries in the Middle East, like Pakistan, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia daily beat and execute Christians just because their faith does not match their own Muslim religion. Places of Christian worship are destroyed by the religious intolerant. What is sad is that the mass media and the other governments of the world have, for the most part, ignored what is going on in these countries.
The U.S. is also following this trend. While it is currently possible for preachers and teachers of the Word of God to tell what God has defined as the absolute truths of right and wrong, I see a time coming very soon when these same sermons will be considered as hate speech by our own government. Preachers will be silenced from telling the world what the Bible teaches, even in their own churches. Imprisonment, lawsuits, and persecution, will be applied to those who choose to preach and teach Biblical truths. Our government has systematically removed God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible, from our government meetings, our schools, our universities, and the public square.
I believe as Ronald Reagan once said, "Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." -- Remarks at an Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast in Dallas, Texas, 23 August 1984 (President RONALD WILSON REAGAN)
Listen to this study of the book of James to learn that even in the face of the harshest persecution, God has a happy ending for us as believers. We have the promise of the Lord’s return.
We have the promise that the Lord will come in power and judgment.
We have the promise of an eternity in heaven with the Lord Jesus welcoming us with the words well done.
We have the promise of joy, unspeakable and full of glory.
This is why we can be patient. Why, when we are subject to religious intolerance and persecution, we can be still, and why we can be strong, for we know the day of the Lord is coming soon.