In the latest issue of Compass Check, a rag dedicated to "helping" the youth of UCG turn their "spiritual compass" towards God, there is an article by Len Martin that was supposed to have been written as words of comfort for those UCG kids being teased at school about their religion.
The question was asked: What should I do if kids make fun of me because of my religion?
Martin writes the following:
Any time someone makes fun of our beliefs or of us, we are hurt inside. Romans 13:10 says love does no harm to its neighbor, so those who are striving to live as God asks them need to watch their words carefully so as to not hurt others.Martin immediately launch into the old COG standby, it's "the true believers vs the unwashed masses of heathen humanity." Us vs them. Good vs evil. Good only exists in the UCG and evil is everyone outside it. Its no wonder UCG kids have a hard time making friends in school when this is drilled into their brains. Those "friends" are really on there to "revile and persecute" them. So as soon as some one makes a catty remark they are taught to become martyrs for the truth.
However, not everyone lives that way of life. Jesus Christ realized most humans would not follow God’s instruction and would indeed ridicule true followers of God. In fact, in Matthew 5:10-11, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.”
Later, in Matthew 10:22, Jesus said, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” He told us that since they treated Him badly, they would also treat us, His followers, badly. We also read in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
This is one of the hard parts of being a disciple of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is where the “rubber meets the road”. Quite honestly, this is where many people give up, throw in the towel, and turn back to their old life!UCG youth are not going around every day thinking about being disciples for the deities. Heck, the leadership of UCG and their parents aren't even doing that so why would they expect their kids to?
The rubber will truly meet the road the day UCG youth make a decision to leave UCG. That is not the work of Satan or his pesky demons that seem to be haunting so many in the COG's right now.
Never fear though, those that oppressed the UCG member or youth will soon be brought to justice for mistreating them all. Retribution will be swift!
God promises us that if we’ll remain faithful to Him, He will bless us and eventually make those who mistreat us recognize how wrong they were. Notice Revelation 3:9: “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.”The youth of the UCG are begin tormented because of the beliefs defined by UCG leaders and not by God. Its not the "synagogue of satan" persecuting them. They are suffering because of the teachings of the UCG leadership. A suffering that does not need to happen.
Then to further traumatize the youth, Martin makes it known that those who are not studying to "prove" UCG right are then part of the adulterous and sinful generation. COG kids have always been damned no matter what they did.
Yes, I realize that to know what will happen in the future does not always comfort us in the present, but in Mark 8:38 Jesus tells us not to be ashamed of what we believe: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” When we really know what we believe and why we believe it, explaining our beliefs becomes easier. So we then have an incentive to study so we can clearly explain our beliefs.Martin closes with this.
There are times when we must also be careful not to promote our beliefs to others who may not desire to hear what we have to say. It really is a delicate balance. If someone doesn’t really want to know what we believe and is only trying to stir up trouble for us, perhaps it would be better to simply avoid that person as much as possibleEven he knows UCG beliefs bring embarrassment and ridicule. If they were actually followers of Jesus instead of the law then they would have no need to be ashamed and hide their lights under the nearest booklet byHerbert Armstrong.