The minority must realise their existence
On the attack on Arastamar Evangelical Theological School (SETIA), the mayor of Eastern Jakarta was reported to have remarked, “The minority must realise their existence.” The implied message, which was effectively conveyed, having invited many protests from Christians and Muslims alike, could hardly be other than that being a minority, one should have expected, and deserves, such treatment.
Actually there is nothing wrong with that statement, apart from it coming not from the One who alone has the authority to pronounce blessings upon such as those who realise their existence: “Ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake, [but] blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, revile you, separate you from their company, reproach you, lay their hands on you, deliver you up into prisons, before kings and rulers, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for My name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent Me. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Who shall separate [you] from [My love]? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things [you] are more than conquerors through [Me] that loved [you]. Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate [you] from the love of God, which is in [Me]. [You] are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [you] are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. Though [your] outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For [your] light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for [you] a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of [My] sufferings; that, when [My] glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for [My name], happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part [I am] evil spoken of, but on your part [I am] glorified.”
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- August 4, 2008 / 13:22