Dying For The Cause
Sometimes we Western Christians read the Bible and it seems like another world to us – perhaps like Middle Earth or Narnia. In Acts, Luke records continual opposition that we can hardly fathom. But the free west is the anomaly, not the norm. Even as I type people are being persecuted and even martyred for trusting Jesus Christ, who was persecuted and murdered for them.
Here’s an example from the latest edition of World Magazine:
In late July, Shi Enhao, a house church leader was arrested and sentenced to two-years of “re-education through labor” for holding illegal meetings and illegally organizing religious meetings. Zhang Mingxuan, president of the house church alliance, wrote to Chinese president Hu Jintao asking for Shi’s release and calling for freedom of worship: “Even if you misunderstand me or even kill me or imprison me, I still have to tell the truth,” (Reminds me of Acts 4:20) Zhang said in a letter. “As long as Christians can freely worship God, I wouldn’t mind dying for this cause.” He said.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters (universal church) that God strengthen them with the joy set before them (Heb. 12:12) and that they would proclaim the mystery of Christ clearly (Colossians 4:2-4), just as every Christian should.