“It was then that the persecution by the Emperor Diocletian began. Christian faith was almost entirely obliterated in the island. Maximianus, the general commanding the tyrant’s armies, came over to Britain. By his orders all the churches were knocked down and all copies of the Holy Scriptures which they could discover were burnt in the market squares. The priests who had been elected and the faithful who were committed to their care were butchered side by side.” (130)
Background: After several episodes of engrossing conflict between the Britons and Romans over authority of the island, a cruel persecution arises from the depths of Rome. The faithful Britons are killed and their hopes are smashed by the Romans.
Thought: This bit of hidden history, or what we might call unseen to the mainstream narrative, strikes me as worthy of note. The Roman Emperor, in the time of early christianity, is described as imposing intolerable restraints on the faithful when they did nothing wrong. It is ironic because, at least to a certain extent, Christianity was introduced into Britain by the missionaries from Rome. Whose side is it anyway? The principalities were clearly in disagreement, as the tyrant from Rome condemned faithful followers without any clear reason in doing so. This horror scene from British history stands as a testament to faithful Christians and makes it clear that enemies can come from the most unlikely of places. It also recollects a time when free speech was severely limited.
Intention: Am I encouraging others to worship freely in their faith? Am I a proponent of free speech or do I desire censorship? If you censure or judge rather than love and accept than you are condoning your own censorship and given others permission to judge you openly. Do I, even in thought, judge, persecute or limit others because of their beliefs, race, political opinions? Even if you don’t believe in God, believe that we ought to love one another and respect differences. Freedom of speech, tolerance and religious freedom are HUGE gifts that we all should appreciate. I think we should take time to be grateful that we live in a place where we aren’t killed or abused for our beliefs. Have a great weekend! Now, a quote…
“I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it.” Robert E. Lee