If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. – 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NIV)
Can you take just a moment and imagine living in an area of the world where you are persecuted for your belief in Jesus? In a place where you are not free to worship our Lord, but have to do so in secret? Or perhaps not allowed to worship Him at all?
Is that something that you don’t want to think about?
Thinking about hiding our beliefs isn’t always easy for us to understand. We’re free to go to church. We’re free to listen to Christian music. We’re free to read the Bible just about anywhere we want to. We are free to speak about our God. Sure, there are places in America where we can’t always do these things, such as the workplace, but we still have the freedom. Let us give praise for that!
I don’t know very much about the countries where these persecuted Christians live. I don’t know what they face daily, what they struggle with. This isn’t an area I’ve really explored. What I do know is that it hurts to see people living for Christ, but having to do so secretly. I can only offer prayer for those affected at this time. If prayer is all I have, I will put my faith into know that prayer does work.