I am a follower of Jesus Christ. It is that simple to me. It is not a topic I generally blog on, but this Sunday my pastor gave us a sermon that was not the norm, and I would like to share it with you all. November 3rd is the international day of prayer for the persecuted. We began our prayers early this year, and I will use this chance to reach those of you who are willing to hear my voice, my pastors voice, and Gods voice.
Most of my readers live in America, so we are mostly ignorant to the suffering of Christians abroad. Sure the Catholic church feels it is at battle with Obama and his healthcare laws, and the bastardization of our constitution has removed God from many public places, but we do not fear persecution for praying, for following, for preaching. There is little danger to our life because of our religion in America, but if we continue to be silent as a country dominated by Christianity, then we may face the same fate as those in China, those who hide from the secret police to pray, or those in North Korea who are imprisoned and killed for their faith, or those in Egypt one of our allies, who kill Christians daily, and not just any Christians, but children, elderly, preachers, missionary’s, women and men. No Christian is really free of targeting outside the U.S. The Vatican estimates 100,000 Christians are killed for their faith ever year, I have seen other estimates that put the number as high as 250,000. Over 200 million live under persecution, in fear every day that their homes will be destroyed, their churches burned, their families imprisoned, because of their faith.
My pastor said something very profound in the sermon yesterday. All it would take for their suffering to stop is for their voices to be silent.
It rings true, those who are silent, are usually left alone, in all things, but faith to those in these countries is more important than life itself, they are tortured and killed simply because they profess their faith.
I would like to share this youtube video with you that was included in the sermon, and the sermon itself which has been uploaded on October 20 to the internet.
Be strong in your faith my friends, and let your voice be heard above all those around you.