To follow Jesus is to follow him in the way of weakness, the way of self-giving love, the way of silence. It’s the way of “quick to listen, slow to speak.” It’s the way of the weak things shaming the things that are strong (1 Cor. 1:27), of “greater love has no one than this...” (John. 15:13). We should not seek persecution, but if it comes we should meet it not with pride or power-grabs or verbose defenses, but with the compassion and redemptive silence of our Lord, who was oppressed and afflicted, “yet he did not open his mouth” (Isa. 53:7).
Brett McCracken is a Los Angeles–based writer and journalist, and author of the books Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide (Baker) and Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty (Baker). His website is brettmccracken.com.