Persecution is the act of harassing, oppressing, or killing people because of their difference from society. Christians are persecuted because their belief in Jesus Christ as Savior does not conform to the godlessness of a sinful world.*
Imagine coming home one day to find your front door wide open. You slowly walk inside, calling out for your family. No answer. You step into the living room, only to find your loved ones on the floor, dead. Suddenly you see movement. A man comes around the corner, but the only thing you notice is the barrel of the gun he's pointing at you. He tells you to renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, or else you'll end up like your family.
What do you do?
Last Sunday, November 6th, was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Around our world today, 100 million Christians are suffering from persecution. Because they follow Jesus, they are beaten, arrested, tortured and killed. Every month, 322 Christians die for their faith. (Learn more here.)
Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
If you're like me, you might live in a place where you're free to live for Jesus. You can read your Bible, go to church and post about your faith on social media without fear of being arrested or killed. But we're just from one small part of the world. Christians in over 60 countries are suffering from persecution. Right now.
What can we do? The most important thing is pray! This is the number one thing that persecuted Christians ask for. What if each of us decided to pray for the persecuted once a week? Or even once a day? If you're interested in doing this, I encourage you to sign up for weekly prayer alerts from Open Doors USA! They also have a monthly prayer calendar and up-to-date prayer requests from persecuted Christians all over the world.
We can also help by donating. One way to do this is by purchasing products from I-Am-N (run by The Voice of the Martyrs). They have books, shirts, bracelets and more. All of the net proceeds go directly to support Christians facing Islamic extremists, and the products also help raise awareness for the persecuted church.
I-Am-N's products all have this symbol: ن. Why? According to their website, "In northern Iraq, radical Muslims (ISIS) spray-painted the Arabic letter ن, or "N," on the homes and businesses of Christians. The property owners were publicly identified as Christ-followers and given a choice to convert to Islam, leave or die. The courageous believers refused to deny their faith, and more than 100,000 fled with little more than the clothes on their backs." (Read more here.)
For more ideas on how you can take action, please visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.
May we never forget our brothers and sisters who are suffering and dying for their faith. May we remember them often in prayer and honor them by living boldly for Christ!
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
-1 Corinthians 12:26-27
Please take a moment right now to pray for your fellow Christians all around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ.
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