Persecution of christians is on the rise. Living in America, it’s hard to comprehend that in many places throughout the world, making the decision to follow Christ means loss. Loss of finances, loss of standing in the community, loss of family, and (as hard as it seems to imagine) an ever increasing risk to personal safety. Right now, many are being killed for no other reason than they name the name of Jesus Christ as their Lord, God, and Savior.
We are being hit with an endless parade of atrocities being committed against “The people of the Cross” in foreign lands. Just today I was stunned and horrified as I learned of another mass killing, this time of Ethiopian Christians. The nature and style of this execution was very similar to the one in Libya in February.
This is heartbreaking, and sometimes too hard to even look at. If you’re like me, you’ve scrolled past a story about persecution more than once. I make it a point to stay up on what’s going on, but sometimes my heart just can’t handle the magnitude of the evil and the depravity.
But by not looking at it, I am not making it go away. I was reminded of that today and made a decision – I will be present and engaged with this crisis on a regular basis and will not turn away – no matter how hard it is to process.
Let’s see some miracles, let’s have some breakthroughs in these countries by raising up our voice on behalf of those who are paying the most severe cost for their faith in Christ.
I’ve made http://www.persecution.org my browser’s homepage so that this will be front and center whenever I sit down in front of my computer. I’ve downloaded the monthly prayer guide as well, which gives specific situations of persecution that I can cover in prayer. I will not leave my brothers and sisters in Christ alone, without the benefit of a prayer covering.
I’m sharing the persecution prayer calendar for the month of April. Wouldn’t it be great if every Christian who wasn’t being persecuted spent just 5 minutes a day praying for those who are? God says we have not because we ask not. Let’s see some miracles, let’s have some breakthroughs in these countries by raising up our voice on behalf of those who are paying the most severe cost for their faith in Christ.