I want every one to remember November 13 is the National day of Prayer for the persecuted, and to pray for those who are persecuted all over the world.
I have said it before, I do not think any of my American readers, myself included can really imagine what it is like to be persecuted for your faith. Last night a story hit the news about Christians in Iran receiving 80 lashes for taking communion, and several more were arrested. These people believe so powerfully in their faith that they are willing to endure pain, imprisonment, even death to follow Jesus. Ask yourself Christian or not, is there any thing in the world you would die for, that you would be tortured for, when your silence could ensure your worldly comfort and safety.
It was not so long ago that a regime sought the purification of the human race and went to war in an effort to reshape the world, while killing countless numbers of Jews, and forcing even more into hiding, or out of their homelands. Hitler sought no less than the total destruction of the Jewish people, and by the time the war had ended 7 million were killed. The holocaust lasted 12 years and destroyed 2/3s of the European Jewish population.
How many Christians have to be killed before we stop the wide spread persecution, brought to them by Islam, China, and North Korea? As I stated in an earlier blog, 100,000 Christians are killed each year due to their faith, and some 200 million live under persecution. If nothing changes this war against Christians will be waged for another 60 years before we hit the numbers that were achieved by Hitler, but will we take a stand then? Maybe when 2/3’s of Christians currently persecuted have died then. Will you rise up when 133 million have fallen to blades, bombs and bullets?
I say to you all Christian or not, stand up for your brothers today, demand action, pray to God, petition governments, whatever you believe will help, because there may be a day when Christians fall, and when the dust is cleared, and you see the streets soaked in the blood of the faithful, those left standing will be next.