After retiring from his Lutheran church, a pastor and his wife felt called to begin a ministry for seniors, for people their own age. The most logical place to start was a local retirement home. Ken and Liv Hauge reside at the Evergreens, a senior living community in Fredericksburg, Virginia. A suburb of Washington D.C., this area has strict regulations, something the Hauge’s found out when they wanted to start a Bible Study.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion, Proverbs 28:1.
According to the civic association, the Hauge’s were required to call their meeting a book club. Initially, they agreed even though this event was in fact a Bible Study. To avoid this rigid restriction, this couple decided to move the group to their own apartment. When word got out that the Hauge’s were hosting a Bible Study, they received a letter from their residential complex stating “stop holding Bible studies or face eviction.” Why you may ask? The apartment complex defines a Bible Study as a business which is illegal in a private residential unit.
Proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance, Acts 28:31.
The Hauge’s have turned to a lawyer to fight this legal battle. I haven’t heard an update on this battle for religious freedom, but this case is an eye opening for the kind of persecution active Christians may face in the future. The apostles endured similar threats during the first century. Paul was arrested, beaten and nearly killed a couple times during his ministry trips throughout the Mediterranean. Despite these trying times, Luke implores believers in Jesus to boldly proclaim the kingdom of God whatever the cost, even if it means eviction.
by Jay Mankus