Well, Gillian Gibbons has been pardoned . That’s a good thing. However, the whole affair has been a wake-up call. And it’s not just a caution to name your teddy bears carefully. In many parts of the world, you don’t have to do anything wrong to find yourself in serious trouble. All you have to do is to be different.
And as Christians, we are different. There’s no way to avoid it–accepting Jesus as your Messiah and living your life for him makes you different from the majority of the world. And as people everywhere cry for tolerance, they actually become more and more INtolerant of Christians. But that’s exactly what we should expect. Matt 24:9 says “you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.” Be ready. Get your sword in hand! Then “stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf!” 2 Chron 20:17