If Jesus is Lord, why are Christians persecuted?

Since Jesus is Lord, not Nero, why didn't he exercise His authority and stop Nero from persecuting His people?

This is the problem of the mystery of God’s Sovereign ways. Although God is all powerful and all good, evil continues. Why does he not stop evil? Such a question is certainly beyond the scope of this short response, and is ultimately unanswerable. We can give some reasons to explain suffering, but the ultimate answers elude us as they did Job.

A few things can be noted however. God does allow suffering and evil for a few reasons:

- To show exactly how wicked sin and evil really is (see Romans 7:13)

- To purify God’s people (1 Peter 1:3-7)

- As a sign of the continuing struggle of the forces of evil against God so that we participate in the sufferings of Christ (Acts 9:6; 1 Peter 4:12-13)

- To give further time for repentance (2 Peter 3:9)

It should also be noted that in the face of suffering, we can cry out to God as the Psalmist did. However, in the end, we must learn to commit ourselves to our Faithful Creator and continue to do good (1 Peter 4:19). We do not always understand God’s ways, but we know that He is good, faithful, and that eventually He will judge every evil deed and reward His people for every act of faith and obedience.