What Stephen did is entirely contrary to what many in the Republican party are teaching. And Stephen is part of the story of how we got one of our greatest apostles, who was a murderer of Christians before then.
Jesus said love your enemies. And Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for us.
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
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