As we look around the world today, we’re seeing persecution against Christians. In China, churches are being closed. Believers—jailed. Evangelism for those under 18—prohibited. In the Middle East, Christians are beaten. Ostracized. Yet outreach continues there. More Muslims are coming to Christ than ever before. What are we teaching our kids? Are we telling them that following Christ is easy, or a battle? Are we telling them stories of our brothers and sisters who are suffering for their faith, yet joyful because they love God so deeply? Suffering for Christ is an honor for our friends—is it for us? We need to remind our kids that being teased for our faith is expected. Remember, Jesus said if they hated Him, they’ll hate us, too.

Suggested Reading: John 15:18-25,, James 1:2