This one's by Paul Washer, and it goes well with the Ken Ham one I posted in October.
"The church in America is going to suffer so terribly and you laugh now but they will come after us, they will come after our children, they will close the net around us while we are playing soccer mom and soccer dad, when we’re arguing over so many little things and mesmerized by so many trinkets. The net even now is closing around you and your children and your grandchildren and it does not cause you to fear. You will be isolated from society as has already happened, anyone who tries to run for office who actually believes the Bible will be considered a lunatic until finally we are silenced. We will be called things that we’re not and persecuted not for being followers of Christ, but for being radical fundamentalists who do not know the true way of Christ, which of course is love and tolerance. We’ll go down as the greatest bigots and haters of mankind in history." ~ Paul Washer, in speech a year-ish ago at the Master’s College (longer transcript here)
Have you been accused of not being a true Christian? Of not being a good Christian? Of not loving like Christ? Perhaps of having your own arrogant interpretation of Scripture, or of being pride-filled and acting out of concern for your own glory?
Take heart. It's what Jesus told us would happen.
Note, He said 1) we would be persecuted for His sake, AND 2) we would be falsely accused.
So when somebody attacks you for "not representing true followers of Christ," that doesn't mean you're "not being persecuted for His sake." It could just mean that you're being falsely accused. Why would liars tell the truth and admit that they're persecuting you for standing in the cause of righteousness? Think about it.
But search the Scriptures to ensure that you are obedient to the Father.
~ Rak Chazak