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According to Concise Oxford English Dictionary, xenophobia is “intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.” Xenophobia exists throughout human history. If you look around, it is still happening everywhere, or even in your own social circles. Rationally, we might condemn this kind of unjust behaviour, but in reality, we might act like a xenophobe from time to time.
During the Great Tribulation, xenophobia will appear in the extreme form. The followers of the Messiah Jesus will not only be disliked, but they will also be fiercely persecuted by people. Sadly, many of these believers will become martyrs (Revelation 7:14).
Owing to all kinds of reasons, Christians are being disliked or even being hated by others. Jesus Christ has already forewarned His disciples about it. In His own words, 18“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18 ESV) Being a good Christian is never easy in a hostile world, but it is worthy of doing so, and that’s why the Apostle Peter encourages believers amid persecution with the following words: 13Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3:13–17 ESV)