demon-possessed-pigs (1)Why are Christian’s persecuted so much?  Why is it that people who want to tell others about the love of Jesus are hated?  Why is it when you’re trying to help, you are called judgmental?  Why are you scoffed at if you choose not to follow the world and it’s ways?

The same reason the people begged Jesus to leave them alone when he healed a possessed man and cast his demons into a herd of pigs. People say they were mad because they cared so much about the livestock.  I know that livestock was a big thing back then but I don’t believe that’s the only reason they were frightened and wanted Jesus to go.  Were the pigs really THAT important??   It says, “a great wave of fear swept over them.” I believe they were afraid of having their OWN demons exposed and removed.

I’ve seen this happen so often (especially in youth ministry).  A student may come to church every week then as soon as an issue they are dealing with is mentioned, they disappear.  When someone’s not ready to let go of something, they don’t want to be around anyone that may convince them otherwise.

What they don’t understand is, it’s not about the junk your dealing with, it’s not about the PIGS!  It’s about the MAN who was freed from his demons and ready to walk away from everything to follow Jesus.   It’s about helping others to be released from a life of bondage and become excited to walk with Christ.

So don’t stop speaking God’s word if you are persecuted for serving Jesus.  Don’t stop having a heart for people and a desire to see them freed from a sinful lifestyle.  You may have to move on to the next person, one who is ready to be free, but don’t stop.  If Jesus wasn’t accepted somewhere, he moved on to the next town.  Matter of fact, he told His disciples in Matthew 10:14“If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave.”

Too many believers are becoming paralyzed by persecution and convinced that sharing God’s word is wrong.   Where do you stand?

“Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned. “And all the people in the region of the Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them. The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with Him.” – Luke 8:33, 37-38

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