- 1Corinthians 12: 20,26
As I have reflected this week on all the many blessings we enjoy, some things have been continually on my mind. I am so thankful to live in a free nation where I can openly worship God, freely speak the name of Jesus, easily and affordably own a Bible, and go to church without fear of arrest. Christians in the United States take for granted the religious freedoms we enjoy every day.
One thing I would like for us to keep in mind, especially during our time of thanksgiving is that we are a part of a large body of Christ. ALL Christians are members of the same body of believers. Some of the members endure great hardships including fear, arrest, imprisonment, torture, abandonment, starvation and/or death to worship the same God we do. These same Christians in communist nations will sometimes share one Bible with an entire community. They will divide one Bible into multiple parts so that they may all have a small portion to study. Then they will trade portions upon meeting again.
We Christians in free nations are a part of the same body with the Christians of communist countries. We worship the same God but under very different conditions. We suffer together, and we are honored together. We need to place the persecuted church on our permanent prayer list. We need to thank God EVERYDAY for the freedom and privilege to worship Him in peace. We need to use the advantage of having such religious freedom in this country to support and encourage members of the persecuted church.
I pray that in their captivity, the persecuted will embrace the freedom found in Jesus. I pray that the love of Christ become so evident through them that their persecutors have no option but acknowledge and accept Christ. Amen.
Written in service to my first love-Jesus Christ,
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