This is a most difficult post to write because it lays my entire soul out naked, parched and open to the world. The only reason I write it is that it helps me to release my feelings and hopefully will go on to help someone else going through a similar experience.
Yesterday, in the company of relatives, we were persecuted terribly. What made the situation even more troubling was the fact that it occurred in front of about a dozen six year old girls at my niece’s birthday party.
My Uncle and Aunt (who are just a couple years older than me) began attacking me personally and my faith in front of the throngs of people. It was not enough that the chose to attack me, but they attacked my husband as well. Thankfully, my husband came to my defense–sadly, none of my other relatives followed suit. This sent a strong message to me that while related by blood, we are not necessarily family.
The attacks were unjustified, accusatory and false–but I was not going to stick around and allow them to destroy the fantasy birthday party of my niece, so we graciously bowed out, while they continued to spew profanities, and horrid accusations down the driveway as we went to our vehicle. To further add to the pain they were causing, they made sure to bring up a couple of very personal issues we are going through in front of everyone–it was their final stab into my heart.
Only my husband and my young son stood up for me—everyone else stood by strangely silent. No phone calls today. No follow up. Nothing. What I did learn was that Jesus was right about our faithfulness dividing households. My Aunt and Uncle have a unique manner of corralling my siblings and some of my children to their side. How do they do this? It is simple, they have money and enjoy lavishing it on those who bow to whatever they want and to whomever agree to what they want.
I do not follow the same idol worship and neither does my husband and therefore, we are now the enemies. We are openly persecuted for our faith and despite all the false accusations of this couple, I know that those accusations are from the evil one who seeks to rob, ruin and destroy. I did not bring up any of his gravely inappropriate behavior towards me as a child in front of this group, but certainly the enemy tempted me to do so.
Instead I am rejoicing in God my savior. I am rejoicing in this persecution for His name sake.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
John 15: 18-20