Recently I heard about a man who lost his job because he shared about Jesus in the workplace.
I know another who has to hide his Bible at work, because being open about believing in Jesus is against the rules.
This is just the very tip of the iceberg of persecution. We in the United States are very blessed that we can worship as we choose. We are blessed that we can go to church, display the cross, and talk about Jesus (in most settings) without fear of recrimination.
What would happen to the church in the United States if that changed? Would lukewarm churches close their doors because the people are afraid? Who would be willing to worship in secret, to stay faithful to the Lord in spite of the risk?
You've probably heard about Pastor Saeed, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran because he's a Christian. You've likely heard about Asia Bibi, sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy--because she's a Christian. And many, many Christians around the world are persecuted severely, even if their individual names are unknown to us.
The Bible calls us to pray for the persecuted church. This Sunday is Persecuted Church Sunday, also known as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
What are you going to do about it?
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