“But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.”
They were expelled from the region.
From day one the church has known persecution, today more than ever. 65.3 million people are displaced from their homes around the world and are sheltering in unfamiliar and sometimes dangerous regions. They face added enemies of natural disasters, starvation and disease. Many of these are children making up to 51% of the world’s refugees, they travel alone with no protection from parents. During each minute of 2015, 24 people were forced to flee. On December 23rd there was the 5,000th recorded drowning in the Mediterranean sea of migrants in 2016 alone.
The world is a shifting river of hopelessness mainly brought about by persecution from those who are deeply evil but deeply religious themselves. Every religion is being persecuted. It is part of everyone’s faith.
Maybe today we can think of those who have no home because they have been expelled for no reason other than their belief and worship.
How should we respond to these people? What can we do?