Living in a North Amercian culture has reflected negatively upon Christianity and its history. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ was built upon a suffering people and the blood of the martyrs and we would be wise to remember the historical data. Nothing short of life under the strong oppression and death has proven how real the person of Jesus Christ is to an individual. While many would see this as fanaticism on the part of the individual, we know that there is more to it than that. People committing suidice bombings and a person being tortured and put to death willingly are two separate things.
Another issue with North American culture is how its media selects what news it wants its readers to know about. I was reading this article today about a Christian neighberhood that was looted and burned in Pakistan by Muslims all because of their blasphemy law which allows the Muslim to make accusations against his “enemy” at will without any fairness to the other side. Again, so much for the religion of peace. Most of us here cannot even fathom the horrors of what it must be like to be a christian under these circumstances. The problem is that most of us don’t even know these situations are going on due to the lack of coverage by the media. There are wonderful websites communicating the persecution of christians throughout the world such as Voices of Martyrs however the secular news agency seems oblivious or unwilling to communicate these things to us.
I believe it is up to us as christians to make others aware of the suffering of our brothers & sisters throughout the world. It is up to us to tell their story to others and to pray for them with all earnestness. It is our duty as christians to help these individuals any way we can. Let us be reminded that one day this persecution will come our way and in ways that will be just as severe. Let us hope we will persevere as they do!
I have been reading christian biographies and history quite extensively over the last couple of years. One book that I had purchased that truly had touched me was a book on the history of the Waldenses by J.A. Wylie. I am familiar with the persecution that my christian forefathers have suffered due to their faith. The Waldenses were astoudingly resilient for the cause of Christ and the survival for the faith that was once delivered to them. It made me reflect on how important the perseverance of the saints truly is especially in light of such severe persecution. It made me search myself in how far would I go in my sacrifice for my christian faith. I also read on Ligonier this brief article which I felt would be a fantastic introduction to the Waldenses prior to engaging the actual book by Wiley.