The Priviledge of Suffering?

March 31, 2015

I understand that sometimes a person seeking to be faithful to the end has to “endure suffering” – put up with it; patiently accept it; close your eyes, suck it up, and wait for it – pray for it – to be over. Scripture sometimes talks about suffering just that way (e.g., 1 Pet 2:20).

Christ Suffered

But there’s another strand of biblical teaching on suffering, too, often overlooked, and rarely emphasized, especially in our day and in our culture. Several of us on the faculty were confronted with this oft-neglected strand recently when we went over to the Coptic church in our area, and met with and prayed with the leaders there in the wake of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christian men in Syria.

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