What I Read Today;
Hebrews 6; Acts 4; Jeremiah 5-6; Psalm 93; Joshua 15-22
In Acts Chapter 4, Peter and John are faced with a choice. Stop preaching Christ or face future punishments. Despite the threats, they chose Christ.
It’s hard for people in the United States to understand how blessed we are. Even with our movements restricted at this time, due to COVID-19, we are still tremendously blessed as a nation. In certain parts of the world, freedom doesn’t exist.
According to organizations like The Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors, persecution of Christians is very real in many countries.
Places like North Korea, Iran, and China are well known for the horrible treatment of Christians. It’s not as well known that nations we consider allies, such as India, also persecute those of the Christian faith. Other parts of the world, like Japan, for instance, may not openly persecute Christians; however, their societies do not accept Christians.
The Christians living in these parts of the world are faced with struggles on a day to day basis. In many cases, they risk their very lives, simply because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Despite the threats, the people living in these nations, choose Christ.
Christians in the United States are spoiled. We believe our freedoms can never be taken away. If we learn one thing from COVID-19, it should be that we can lose all of our freedoms very quickly.
Church, we need to pray like we’ve never prayed before. We need to repent and return to the notion that spreading the Gospel isn’t something we talk about doing, it’s something we do without ceasing.