What Bible verse does a preacher turn to as he lives in exile while facing charges back home for preaching about peace? For Rev. Yuri Sipko, a prominent Russian Baptist minister, it’s 1 Peter 1:22. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.
And there are Christians in the United States who think they are persecuted for seeing clothing with a rainbow on it. One reason the Christian Nationalist movement in this country concerns me is if they win, what kind of Christianity will the government allow? I fear it will not be peace and love but persecution for those who do not adhere to the views of those in charge. Nothing good from the mingling of empire and the teachings of Jesus.