It can irritate me sometimes when a person sitting in front of his/her own personal computer, in his/her safe little house, and who will attend his/her church without fear, claims "persecution".
there are real people in other parts of the world who are suffering real persecution.
In our safe little PC world (political correctness) where the largest "sin" around is the lack of tolerance, "persecute" has come to mean "
- To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs.
- To annoy persistently; bother. (from answers.com)
It used to describe the torture and torments inflicted on the early Christians martyrs. And it still does.
Muthyappa accepted Christ as his personal Savior, along with his family, some six years ago. The news of his acceptance of Christ spread throughout in their community and the elders called all the people in the society for a meeting to drive him out for accepting Jesus. The elders claimed that he had accepted a “foreign religion,” and also that he had dishonored the Hindu faith “and hence he is not fit to be a part of our religion and he needs to be kicked out from the company of his family and community.”
Muthyappa with his wife and 3 children
Muthyappa made his way out along with his wife and his three children, with only a few pairs of clothing. Seeing his commitment to Christ, his sister left the family and followed Muthyappa.
He told me that he was “holding on” to the verse from Psalm 27:10, “When the father and mother forsake me, Then the lord will take care of me.”
Not knowing where to go, he searched for some labor to try and support his family and got work as a helper to a fabricator where he earns only Rs 60 a day($1.5USD).
People, having somebody disagree with your denomination is not the persecution in the Bible. Losing your job, your family, your home, your life is.