Acts 17:5-9 But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king — Jesus.” And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things. So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
Are you a Christian?
Are you ready to become a second-class citizen?
In today’s scripture, Paul and Silas preached Jesus in Thessalonica.
Some people in the city did not like it and stirred up a mob to end it.
A citizen of the city, Jason, paid the price with the mob seizing him and accusing him of complicity with the two evangelists.
Remember, this is a different world that you live in today with a ruling dictator (Caesar) with government (empire) stretching over the known civilized world.
Christians were not well regarded by Rome, evident in their treatment in the Colosseum.
Today’s Christian headlines have several NY State Representatives arguing against Chick-fil-a building a restaurant along a major toll road because of the chain restaurant’s stance on conservative issues, especially their stance on LGBTQ issues.
Other restaurants are also building but are not in the state rep’s crosshairs – only Chick-fil-a, which was named America’s favorite restaurant this year.
If you continue to stand on the pure word of God, then you will also end up in the crosshairs of the world.
You will become a second-class citizen and will be discriminated against because the world believes you discriminate against others. (that’s an oxymoron)
Keep your head up (Psalm 121:1, 2).
Keep your eye on the prize (Philippians 3:14).
Keep your mind on the Lord (Colossians 3:2).
And remember what Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:18-19
By the way, Chick-fil-a does not discriminate in its hiring practices or in who they serve.