I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born says the Lord. Isaiah 66:9
Happy Monday! I have several good things to share this morning. I’m not in the hospital. I’m headed back to work, which is particularly exciting since I have the best staff in the world. I love, love, love them. Finally, I spent a nice relaxing Sunday with my husband just enjoying his company. Life is truly wonderful when you walk with God. That’s not to say that you won’t experience rejections, disappointments, set backs and upsets, but you will never be alone when you look to God.
What Would a Christian Do? – Scenario #2
In the Gret Commission found in Mark 16:15-16, we are instructed to go “into all of the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” because only those who believe will be saved. Even in 2017 there are places where Christians place themselves and others in danger by preaching God’s word.
For example, American Jeffrey Edward Fowle was detained by the North Korean government for leaving his Bible in his hotel room in April of 2014. Anyone with a Christian bible is considered a spy in North Korea. Since the 1970s Christians have been persecuted in Cambodia. China continues to torture Christians. Christians are persecuted and churches burned down in Columbia. While inroads are being forged in Cuba, it is still dangerous to openly display Christian beliefs. In Egypt Christians were accused of poisoning the water and planning to attack Muslim neighborhoods resulting in the death of 21 Christians. While the government in India does not persecute Christians, it has created an environment for random attacks to take place such as that of 52 year-old, Yesu-Dasu. His hands were tied and his head chopped off by an axe. His body was left in a field of cattle.
Christians in Indonesia are often forced to undergo conversion rituals. Those refusing are beheaded and churches are bombed. The goal in Laos is to completely eradicate Christians. Most Christians in Malaysia are ostracized. It’s illegal for churches to be constructed in Myanmar. At least two Christians in northern Nigeria were caned to death. Christian Life in the Philippines is dangerous. Twenty-nine Christians were lined up and shot at close blank range in Bumbaran. Only eight survived. Life is also very difficult for Christians in Russia, the world’s largest country. Sudan is one of the most brutal countries toward Christians, forcing Islamic conversion. Christian beliefs are difficult in Vietnam. Even in the United States we have to be careful in our witness to others, because it may infringe on their rights.
Having said all of that, early Christian leaders and believers were also tortured, but where would Christianity be today if they had not fought to spread the Gospel?
What Would a Christian Do? I look forward to your responses. God bless you.