Christians around the world are dying for their faith, and multitudes are suffering some of the most intense persecution in history. One believer in the nation of Eritrea was overheard asking, “Do our brothers in the rest of the world know how badly we’re suffering? Does the West even know we’re in prison and dying?”
It’s vital to stay informed about the persecuted church and to pray for our brothers and sisters who are behind bars, under the lash, and in some cases literally on the cross.
It’s also crucial to remain strong in the face of opposition we ourselves may encounter. The same devil who is trying to destroy the church in some areas is trying to intimidate Christians elsewhere. But believers are not easily silenced. We have the Gospel in our hearts, the Spirit in our souls, the Cross in our hands, and the return of Christ on our minds. We must stand strong in the face of opposition because Christ is returning for us soon.
Let’s pray for the persecuted church, and let’s preach the Word and hold high the Cross whatever the cost.
The completion of the Great Commission will include great suffering, but eternity will prove it is worth the price.
David Platt, in the foreword to The Insanity of God