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.*
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.)
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.
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.)
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!
-1 Corinthians 12:26-27