War on Christianity
I’ve been doing some reading and studying in the books of 1 and 2 Peter in preparation for a teaching series to start in April. While the Roman government had not taken an official stance against Christianity in the first century, persecution of Christianity was on the rise throughout the empire. A formal decree from Rome against Christianity was on the horizon. Peter wrote these letters to Christians by way of encouragement in the face of growing public sentiment against Christianity.
The climate in the Roman Empire of the first century towards Christians is not unlike the climate in our country today. When I was a college student taking Western Civilization, we were told that it is important to watch the cultural developments in Europe because historically America has lagged behind Europe by only 10 to 20 years. If this is true, that makes the following video report from CBN even more sobering. What is happening in England to Christianity goes beyond “bad” to the “ugly” category. This is an important video report that all American Christians should watch.
So take the 5+ minutes to watch this report… and then go read 1 and 2 Peter.