We have become so enthralled with trying to make ends meet, daily trials and events of the day, that we can find ourselves not spending time before the throne of God in prayer. And we hardly remember an important part of our body, the Body of Christ suffering extreme persecution. We forget to lift them up to the Lord and neglect that they are family, or how truly united we are with them. Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-26
As recent wars rage on and the news becomes more and more desperate, it’s obvious that Christianity is suffering. From Iraq, Iran, Syria, Nigeria, Libya, including many Eastern nations like China, Pakistan and North Korea, many are suffering immensely. Even some places in the West are seeing Christianity at the verge of a precipice. There’s a great dark divide that threatens not only our lives and freedom, but our very existence.
As our brothers and sisters flee this darkness, we in the west face constant pressure to conform to silence. A way of life that tells us to worship in silent unity, or don’t worship at all. Our beloved Apostles faced this very same thing. They suffered torture, even death for speaking about the love of Christ and His gift of salvation for those who follow Him.
In love, Christ died so that the world might be set free from the slavery of sin. That we might have a life abundant, freedom, blessings and love. By His command, our mission is to spread His Gospel of love and the freedom it brings as the Apostles did, even in persecution.
Today, we see times of hatred warned of long ago. This is not 1942, which world leaders had vowed would never come again. It’s 2014 and it’s spreading across the globe with a vengeance. As the world looks on in horror, persecution of Christians has reached genocidal proportions. We in the West can’t begin to imagine what these dear brothers and sisters are facing. We can only watch & pray and consider ways to come to their aid and encourage one another.