Sunday Devotional: Blessed are you when people hate you

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Luke 6:17, 20, 22-23, 26-28

Jesus came down with the twelve….
And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said:
“…Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way….
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.
But to you who hear I say,
love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.”

On June 28, 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama famously proclaimed, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation”.

Eight years of his presidency only worked to further de-Christianize America, seen most vividly among the young in the graph below (source: Washington Post).

In 2014, 82% of Americans 65 and older, but only 57% of Americans 18-29 identified themselves as Christians. Younger Americans increasingly identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated: 34% of those ages 18-29  vs. 11% of those 65 and older. As recently as the 1990s, less than 1 in 10 Americans claimed no religious affiliation. By 2014, the religiously unaffiliated increased to 22% of the U.S. population. According to Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America, by 2051, if current trends continue, religiously unaffiliated Americans could comprise as large a percentage of the population as all Protestants combined — a thought that would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

What the graph and Jones fail to address is that, as Americans increasingly become religiously unaffiliated, witchcraft and satanism are surging:

As Christianity wanes, come the concomitant discriminaton against and persecution of Christians: bakers, teachers, Salvation Army bell-ringers. The homosexual director of Disney’s “Beauty and Beast” declared wanting to rip the Bible to pieces. Sen. Bernie Sanders actually said faithful Christians are racist bigots, unfit for public office. In fact, a 2017 report confirmed that the U.S. government’s hostility toward Christianity spiked under President Obama.

So we shouldn’t be surprised that we are hated and abused, for “If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.” (John 15:18)

For that hatred, we are told to “rejoice and leap for joy”. As Jeremiah 17:7-8 says:

Thus says the LORD:
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
it fears not the heat when it comes;
its leaves stay green;
in the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.

Be strong!

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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17 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Blessed are you when people hate you

  1. Thank you for this beautiful devotional, Dr. Eowyn. God bless you.💙

     
  2. Richard C Youghn

    Obama may have been right. We’re not much of a Chrisian nation or at least a very bad example of what one should be. Maybe I’m wrong headed but I’ve found the least contact I have with the public at large, the easier it is for me to keep my faith. Just a drive to the Feed & Seed is enough to discourage me sometimes.

     
    • I know what you mean about the public, people no longer seem to interact and converse, just babble inanities and stumble about in rubbery befuddlement. A trip to the local Wal-Mart is like visiting the last circle of hell

       
    • Richard . . . I can certainly understand feeling that way. In bygone decades, everyone was loving and concerned for their neighbors, but now that is definitely not the case. Thank goodness the Lord has instructed us as to how we should act when confronted with hatred towards us by those around us. For me, the very hardest hatred to stomach is that which is daily shown to us by some of our elected leaders. That is pretty hard to overcome, but then I suppose they need the prayers of the worthy more than most.

       
  3. After a lifetime as the consummate doubter and skeptic I found myself painted into a spiritual and philosophical corner. Finally began to read the Bible and now I can’t put it down. God promised to make things right and He will. Thank you for this and for your good work

     
  4. If it means anything, the survey just goes to show the existence and the importance of free will—something the Left, the behaviorists, the psychologists and the Satanists do everything they can to disprove. It may SEEM that free will is an illusion, it may SEEM that true conversion is impossible, and it may SEEM that Christ’s Cause is lost. “Fear Not,” Said Our Lord, “if the world hates you, it is because it hated Me first.”

    And so it goes: Our Lord came to Earth to Redeem the human race and establish a Church which would guide souls to Heaven. His Standard is that the response of any individual man is that the response must be freely given. History has offered more than enough proof that His Cause, His Church, is for real: Millions of people throughout the world and over the centuries gave up their lives rather than betray Christ, follow the world and save their hides.

    Ever since the advent of British eugenics and communism, the world has been marching, slowly at first and now at breakneck speed, to a Revolution, a Turning Away from God. And now we are at that point where we are, MAKE NO MISTAKE, living in the Age of Satanism Rising. The Devil knows that “his time is short.” He may even know that he will lose. (This proves that, morally, he is schizoid.) The rise in Satanism and Revolution is happening, in part, because, truth be told, we ARE sheep! Regardless of how “well-educated” we may be, we’re really not that bright, in the sense that we lose the forest for the trees: We lose sight of Eternity.

    And in our despair on our side (or the great temptation to despair, to be more precise) and the madness on the other, I think we’ve also been tempted to believe that free will is an illusion, or that it does not matter. Yes, things really do appear to be SURREAL. This is a sign of demonic activity, of the Devil in action, and people naturally disassociate, logic and right reason appear to be a joke, and all our human effort seems for naught. Things seem hopeless, and Christ, it seems, is in a deep sleep in the back of the boat.

    We must ignore the Barack Obama’s of this world who proclaim “we’re no longer a Christian nation.” Let’s check the facts: We’re no longer a Christian world. Hey, given what has happened to the Catholic Church, we may no longer have a Christian Church, given the great falling away. But we have to remember that we are the Remnant. We’re about to enter the Greatest Test of our Faith that History has ever seen. The Anti-Christ of Revelation may very well be alive on Earth RIGHT NOW. Armageddon and the Great Tribulation are COMING. The limits of these horrors have already been determined and set by God, and even the Devil himself MAY NOT exceed these limits. These things we must remember! We must keep hope, when, in the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “all hope seems forlorn.”

    The world, the flesh and the Devil would have us believe that, as compulsion does exist, that there is no hope and therefor no free will. Yes, compulsion does exist, but the Grace of God is STILL available to break the trance the believer finds himself in! We must not listen to the Barack Obama’s of this world—or any of the other despicable characters who despoil the stage of history: We’re not here to save THEM! (Actually, in a real sense, we’re not here to save ourselves: Our own efforts are not the “independent variable”: GRACE is the independent variable. We are here to Bear Witness to the Truth, and we have to be practical about it: Suffering in life is unavoidable; Therefor, we can “front-load” that suffering or we can “back-load” it. The worldlings who follow Satan are back-loading their suffering, dodging it now, only to be eternally disappointed after their Particular Judgment!

    Excellent devotional post. (As always).

     
    • Beautifully said, Steven.

       
      • Thank You, Dr. Eowyn. I am also happy to report that on Fri., Feb. 15th, the judge DISMISSED all misdemeanor charges against me. My accuser never answered any calls from the D.A.’s Office, and she never submitted a sworn deposition. I have been fully legally exonerated. (The D.A.’s Office in New York County mandated a 90-day waiting period for all misdemeanor charges. That time period may be different in other N.Y. counties).

        I will be contacting other attorneys to see what my options are at this point and what needs to be done. In the meantime, I am busy at work trying to reclaim stability. (I have been working since Nov. 10th).

        Thanks to you and everyone at FOTM who contributed to my Go Fund Me campaign back in October.

         
        • Happy news, that you are exornerated and vindicated!
          There really ought to be some legal remedy for what this woman did to you.

           
          • There is: I am going to sue her, but I may need money to do that. My paid lawyer for my case wants to end our relationship, which is his right. My pro bono attorney has filed at least two suits with the City (putting me on his class-action suit) and intends to file another. These will take a good two years.

            In the meantime, after I renew my insurance and registration, I will call another law firm to see if my arrest was legal and carried out properly. I may be able to sue either the City or the NYPD or the detective who arrested me.

            My goals right now are to live within my means, pay my car off and get things together. Once I get some free time, I will WRITE about it, because I don’t want one more driver to go through what I went through.

             
            • “Once I get some free time, I will WRITE about it, because I don’t want one more driver to go through what I went through.”

              You have a standing offer to use FOTM as a forum.

               
  5. I am so blessed and grateful to be a Christian. Who else knows He who is “The Blood of the Lamb”? It is easy to become despondent. We must always remind ourselves that we are a people of hope. We are destined for a glorious place.

    There is nothing new about the forces of evil who are aligned against us. Christ knew them well. In fact, He STILL knows them. His earthly sojourn among us was to offer us His freedom. He still offers His love through His Church.

    These people who ridicule and malign are not hurting us. I admit that it makes it harder to raise kids in The Church, but its still doable. This world could be a little preview of Heaven, but it isn’t. We should remember these readings and know that this isn’t new. We should help each other in the certain knowledge that our devotion is appreciated.

     
  6. I have found that people who mocked my faith when I was 20 years old have changed in the years that followed. Now on the other side of my 60s, I find most of them now agree. Perhaps (I pray) the inevitability of death has made them think more clearly, and they recognize the brilliance of the Gospel.

    On the other hand, I agree Dr. Eowyn. Obama has done terrible harm to the people of America.

     
    • “I have found that people who mocked my faith when I was 20 years old have changed in the years that followed…. I find most of them now agree.”

      Wow! There is hope!

       

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