As I prepared this post on the Persecution of Believers around the world, I found myself having two definite reactions to what I was reading. One is an overwhelming sense of grief for those who are suffering so deeply for the Cause of Christ. Second is a deepening awareness that we who are not touched by persecution in our homeland must be moved to compassion and pray, pray, pray for those who are suffering and dying around the world. We must be aroused from our complacency and answer the call of Christ to get on our knees and 'carry them to Jesus'.
Especially as we prepare to celebrate the joyous birth of our Savior, let's remember those who cannot celebrate openly; those who will be targeted, especially because it is Christmas and Christ is hated for being born; those who will pay the ultimate price and will die a martyr's death this Christmas.
Let us weep with the widow and the orphan and pray for the persecuted wherever they are found around the world. May God strengthen them for what He calls them to and may God be glorified in the blood of the martyrs. And may we be found faithful to the call of Christ. May we be found faithful...
Scripture Reference: Psalm 44:22 NKJV
"Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."