“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church”. These words have a meaning that has been lost and aside from them being a cool sounding quote they lack much meaning for the modern church. If the martyr’s blood truly is the seed of the church then it follows that for the church to grow the blood of the martyrs must flow, in short persecution is necessary.
Therefore there is no need to prevent legal discrimination against evangelists on public streets in Europe; unless the objective is to stifle the growth of the church, Christianity. Christianity is strange in this way, it’s greatest revivals seem to come as a result of it’s greatest persecution. The Chinese government may consider Christianity a plague and a disease that must be eradicated. But China is also where some of the most dramatic church growth has occurred in the last 50 years.
Christianity is at it’s most powerful and influential when it is at it’s weakest point both politically and legally. This is the very state that God needs it in in order to do his most profound work. God rescued a group of slaves from one of the most powerful regimes in the world, a regime whose marvels we still admire today so much so that they that have become tourist attractions, ancient Egypt. The more one reads on the subject of persecution during the Cold War the more one begins to realise that the Berlin Wall fell under the weight of thousands, even millions, of prayers.
It was the persecution of Christians that drove them, and the gospel, from one nation to the next. America did not acquire it’s Christian veneer from the work of missionaries, but from the Christians who came seeking a better life for themselves in the new world. The wonders that we hear about in other parts of the world are not a result of political and legal power, but of common, even oppressed, people seeking, worshipping and praying. Those being touched have no power, no authority, nothing; but they have God and he does mighty things on their behalf.
Christianity is a religion of persecution and counter-intuitiveness. What seem to be it’s great defeats are in fact phenomenal victories in the Christian realm. The cross was a defeat of righteousness; evil had done it’s worst, it had mortally wounded righteousness incarnate. However that was still not enough to crush righteousness. Like a phoenix righteousness rose from the ashes and proclaimed that it and it alone ruled. Evil had taken it’s best shot, it had thrown everything it had at righteousness and all it accomplished was it’s own humiliation and ultimate defeat. Righteousness rose from it’s defeat to conquer the one thing that wickedness possessed that could silence all opposition to it, death. Righteousness died and men mourned and just when all hope seemed lost the impossible occurred, righteousness returned to life and evil lost it’s authority over it’s ultimate weapon while still holding it in it’s own hand
It is erroneous to think that the disciple of Jesus, righteousness incarnate, will be treated any better than Jesus himself was. Christianity is probably the only religion in the world that thinks it’s followers should be treated with more respect and honour than it’s principle prophet and God.
It would be nice if this legislation were blocked, but it is erroneous to expect such action to be taken unless the goal is to prevent the spread of Christianity. If Terillian was correct it can be concluded that there is no such thing as Christianity without persecution and the sooner the faithful realise this the healthier every church will become and the purer the gospel that is preached will be.