Sunday Devotional: Blessed are you when people hate you

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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Maryaha
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Maryaha

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

Richard C Youghn
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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.

William
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William

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

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

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.

William
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William

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

Alma
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Alma

And with Your Spirit.
William, doesn’t that make You feel worthy of believing? Our existence here is so brief we must accomplish the ultime to reach His promise.

Steven Broiles
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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.… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

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… Read more »

TrailDust
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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.

Splitfinger
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Splitfinger

But the end is not yet ! It is the beginning of the age of sorrows.
Christ is our only hope !