We went to a family funeral lately.  The pastor said not to hold it against the guy for the choices he made, like listening to religious programming on the radio instead of going to church.  And, also to not hold it against us because we go!

That has really stuck in my mind, because we seem to be singled out if we do go regularily.  The mentality of “can’t we all just get along”  seems to include everyone except us.

If we are being singled out because of our Love for Jesus, thanks!  No better reason, in my mind.

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  2 Timothy 3:12  (NIV)

But even more so, to paraphrase the verses right before that – “You, however, know all about my … persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me, the persecutions I endured.  Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.”

Yes, The Lord rescued me from all of them!