Many will be honoring America’s fallen heroes this weekend. We honor all who have served America and given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives for this Country and our freedoms.
However, there are heroes the world has remained mostly silent on. The unsung heroes of faith.
These silent heroes have given their all. They have been tortured, watched their loved ones and children brutalized or killed, and given their lives for their faith in Christ. We have seen many images of the martyred and the suffering survivors of this modern-day Christian Holocaust spreading across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. While the media has given it some coverage, there is one aspect that they leave out—the loss of dignity, the loss of peace and freedom.
Most have lost everything they own. Their properties have been completely destroyed. Many no longer have villages to return to, they been razed to the ground. All they have worked so hard to obtain is gone. They have lost family members, or have succumbed to their injuries, starvation and sickness due to squalid conditions and little to no medical care. Much physical and emotional suffering begins after the attack, but often goes unseen due to lack of media reports. They are wounded, traumatized and devastated. One look at the faces of those surviving and you can see the loss of dignity and peace, some feel as if lost forever. And the numbers of those who have lost their lives is staggering.
Inspirations of faith, these martyred brothers and sisters including the survivors, are our heroes who deserve our respect and prayers.
They are family, one with us in the Body of Christ. Let us never forget these Ambassadors for Christ. Let us remember their sacrifice in this great spiritual battle. May they inspire and encourage our own faith, as they have shown us what it truly means follow Christ to the end. In adversity and unthinkable situations, with great courage and strength in Christ, may we also be able to say, “I follow Christ, my Lord and Savior…no turning back, no turning back.”
This weekend, join us as we also remember our unsung heroes, the persecuted.