Friday, 17 February 2012
I'm so heated up right now, I just don't even know where to start!
"This is just one guy's passion. Others feel differently."
"This was written in 1967 (revised 1997). It isn't pertinent today."
"Sure someplace is like that, but I don't know where; world's always changing."
"Ok, I get it, but there isn't anything that I can do about it, so why should I even know this stuff?"
I held on to these excuses for a little while. A very little while. Not long after I read Tortured for Christ, Michael received his latest Newsweek which contained the article Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World.
Pastor Wurmbrand said that, when his foot was clubbed, his tongue cried out. Why would his tongue cry when it was not clubbed? It cried out because the foot and the tongue are part of the same body. So also are we part of the same body. And they are hurting. We cannot just ignore (abandon) our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I implore you, friend, do not stay silent, do not stay blind, do not choose to remain ignorant to this. Please, take an inventory of your own resources and see what you can do to help our brethren. Of course, money is a huge help, but I'm broke, so I'm looking into anything else I can do to help. There are particular things that are always desperately needed from us:
Prayer. (Voice of the Martyrs has a public prayer bulletin if you want specifics. General prayer is needed as well; the Lord knows)
Bibles and Christian literature. (There are plenty of organizations that will get them into the closed countries and distributed.)
Letters to prisoners. (They thirst for the encouragement. Again, Voice of the Martyrs has a sign-up that you can use for this, but there are other ways of gathering information on how to send letters to our captive brothers and sisters.)
Money. (I don't have any, but there are plenty of other people that do. Maybe you're one of them!)
Stay informed. (Know what's going on in the world, so that when the opportunity arises for you to help, you can!)
Tell others. (Now that you see, don't let others remain blind. Our brethren need all the help they can get.)
This information is all very new to me, so I'm sorry if I failed to make sense, or didn't provide a thorough checklist, or more precise details. But this little bit is what I know. They need help. I can help them.
Were you aware that Christian persecution exists in a very big way in other parts of the world? What can we as Christians do to help? How has Christian persecution affected your life?