The whole story of Stephen is pretty fascinating. After he was stoned to death for proclaiming the Name of Christ, Paul (known as Saul at the time) led an effort to wipe Christians from the earth by storming into people's houses and put people in prison. The crazy thing is that, in spite of the persecution they were facing, Christianity grew and each day people were being added to their numbers. There's something about persecution that forces an individual to really evaluate his or her level of commitment to the Gospel. When the stakes are high, people get on board or they get out. One thing they do not do, however, is remain lazy. Persecution doesn't sound like fun, but I can't help but wonder if it would be valuable for Christianity in our country. Any thoughts out there?
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.