Wise as Serpents#4. “Pearls before swine.”

Wise as Serpents#4. “Pearls before swine.”

“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” (Mt.7:6).

I have never been concerned about the thought of “Prayer” being excluded from our House of Parliament. I know there are believers within (bless them), but most of the others, in my opinion, have proven that faith is something they would rather live without.

Rather than fight with those who don’t want prayer in the Halls of Power:
“Do not cast your pearls before swine.” Some will find this approach offensive. Many would prefer that Christians stay quiet about persecution from authorities in all its forms. In fact, many Christians would doubt that persecution by governing authorities even happens. And if it does, then Christians and churches should accept what is expected of them as being from God.

Let me pause here to uphold the precious names of those brothers and sisters who have endured persecutions that I will probably never understand, let alone endure. My problems are “First World Persecutions” by comparison. For those who are enduring persecutions at the hands of the godless, know that God is with you.

It is in the context of persecution that Jesus tells his disciples to “Be as wise as serpents.” Their mission was to preach the good news expecting that, sooner or later, they would end up before the authorities—which they did! Armed with faith and insight, they blessed those who accepted, and shook the dust off their shoes when leaving those who didn’t. My point is this: Persecution is real and deliberate.

Christians will be persecuted because they share the teachings of Christ. There comes a point where it is obvious that the name of Christ is being defiled. It is then that it must be accepted that you are “Throwing pearls before swine.” Move on!

We are to have hearts that love always and minds that see always.

John Staiger

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