The UK's Daily Telegraph has reported on the case of a lecturer at Oxford University's Centre for Jewish Studies, Dr Tali Argov, who claims to have experienced ostracism and discrimination in her workplace because of her conversion from Judaism to Christianity (click on the post title to view the article). Dr Argov attributes her recent redundancy to the negative attitude shown to her by her former employers following her conversion. She is seeking redress from a discrimination tribunal.
This raises an interesting and very real dilemma that I believe Christians will be forced to face in the future as persecution increases in post-Christian societies: Christians in a civil society certainly have every right to expect the law to protect them from persecution, and in many legal jurisdictions they also have the right to pursue redress in courts and tribunals for any financial and emotional damage inflicted on them by such persecution. Like any other citizen, they have a right to seek justice. But the question is, should Christians pursue such remedies at all? Or should they accept persecution as a cross given them to bear in this life, and patiently await reward, restitution and perfect justice in the next life? What is most pleasing to God in such situations? And which course of action will contribute more to our growth in faith and love, not to mention our willing submission to God's will, as we journey on through this 'vale of tears' to our heavenly home?
After all, our Lord did say 'Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds fo evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great...'