lightA recent Army briefing titled, “Extremism and Extremist Groups” cited evangelical Christianity as number one in their groups to watch ahead of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas,  al-Qaida, Ku Klux Klan, and the Nation of Islam. From one direction this is very disconcerting and a cause for alarm but from God’s point of view this is entirely appropriate for out of all the groups I saw listed in this 14-page report, evangelical Christianity is one of the few groups God has raised up to be on a watch list.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’.” (Matthew 5: 10 – 16)