Priosoners of War

August 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

Surprisingly, some individuals think that all people in the world have had the opportunity to hear of the gospel and read the Bible. This is not the case.  Perhaps less shocking, is that people are imprisoned and killed for profession of Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Often referred to as Christian persecution, imprisonment, beatings, isolated confinement, starvation and murder of professing believers is a reality.

Faith followers, may we be reminded that we are engaged in spiritual warfare! (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

Is it unfathomable to declare brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus  imprisoned for their faith as Prisoners of War?  As fellow ambassadors of the Gospel are we not called to rescue our POW’s?  What is the church, what are individuals professing Christ, doing to rescue the very real Christian prisoners on earth?

At the conclusion of my final mission trip to Ukraine, a national missionary expressed the following, “Our people have poverty as an obstacle to Christ, while those in the USA have their wealth.”

We must overcome the innate desire to make earth our home!

How much comfort must I possess before I am ready to give the rest away so that others might live?  What standard of living is permissible but not beneficial for bringing about God’s ultimate will for myself, my family, or fellow believers in distant lands?  Struggling to answer these questions has become part of my faith journey.

The people group that I live in must be reached for Christ, but not at the cost of unreached and persecuted Prisoners of War. The two can be fought simultaneously.  When will churches in America say, “we have enough?”  I fear that we are like the leech’s two daughters.

15The leech has two daughters:
Give and Give.[a]
Three things are never satisfied;
 four never say, “Enough”:
16 Sheol, the barren womb,
the land never satisfied with water,
and the fire that never says, “Enough.” Proverbs 30:15-16

Men and women of the faith, will we rescue our POW’s, or will we contentedly avert our eyes?  It is time to raise the risk in our own lives at the expense of our comforts conveniences, and conventional ways of worship.

Convicted to the core, I have more questions than answers.  However, we are on the brink of glory for God and good for His people.  Let us seek Him and His face together.

 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
   maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Psalms 82:3


Raise the Risk Challenge:

  • “Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places.”  Open Doors World Watch List, is a listing ranking 50 countries in order of oppression  of professing Christians. Print off the Open Door’s World Watch List and begin to pray for the persecuted church.
  • Support the ministry of Open Door’s with ongoing or a one-time donation.
  • Seek to serve fellow believers and share the Gospel.

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