We know that persecution is coming. We’re told in the Word of God that we are hated because people first hated our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
” Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me” (John 15:18-21).
But the intense persecution is not yet here in the West. In other countries, Christians are incarcerated and slaughtered. We must pray for the brethren in China and North Korea, and every other country in which our brothers and sisters are being slain for their faith.
I wish that I could have marched with these brothers and sisters in Christ in Toronto. I wish even more that “Jesus in the City” would be organized in America and we (Christians) would march on the same day across the land!
Massive protest against Chick-fil-A in Toronto:
LGBTQ Group, Drag Queens, Animal-Rights Activists Protest Toronto’s First Chick-fil-A — and Hungry Customers Walk Right Past ‘Die in’
An LGBTQ group, drag queens, and animal-rights activists all did their darnedest Friday to put a damper on the grand opening of Toronto’s first Chick-fil-A, CTV News reported.
“Shame, shame, shame,” one protester yelled at a patron leaving the restaurant, the station said.
Indeed, the groups’ protest was flashy and loud. But hungry customers lined as early as 6.30 a.m. prior to the official opening, CTV News reported.
And they wouldn’t be denied their chicken.
In fact, as animal-rights protesters staged a “die in” outside the restaurant, Chick-fil-A patrons whistled right past the make-believe graveyard and into the new restaurant, apparently undeterred by the scene.
Members of The 519, a city organization dedicated LGBTQ inclusion, were among the protesters, the station said.
“Chick-fil-A has given millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ2S organizations, including known hate groups and proponents of conversion therapy, and continues to do so every year,” The 519 said, according to CTV News. “Many U.S. cities, campuses, and retail outlets have refused to allow Chick-fil-A to locate within their spaces, and/or have been vocal opponents of the corporation’s hateful values. Toronto and the rest of Canada need to be next in line.”
But Canadian evangelical Christian leader Charles McVety — who’s planned an event for Saturday outside the restaurant — told the station that “Christians will not be driven out of the city.”
McVety added to CTV News that those marching in the 20th annual Jesus in the City parade Saturday should stop by the Chick-fil-A to “pray for freedom and security.”
In an interview with the station, he added that “it’s upsetting that people want to stop a business simply because it adheres to Christian values. This business is only about chicken. It should only be about chicken. It should not happen in Canada, if you just want to get chicken you shouldn’t be shamed. We have sympathy for the gay community, we love the gay community, but we would never commend anyone for shouting people down. This is school yard bullying tactics, and we are against bullying.”
A Chick-fil-A spokesperson told CTV News that “we respect people’s right to share their opinions and want all Torontonians to know they are welcome at Chick-fil-A Yonge & Bloor. Our focus is on offering a welcoming and respectful environment for our guests and team members, and we encourage people to give us a try.”
I believe that Christians taking to the streets (peacefully) could very well be used by our Lord to draw people to Him. If even one soul is saved because of this – the angels will rejoice!!