Greetings In The Name of The Lord:
1 Peter 3:14-15 (NLT)
14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
About 45 million, or two-thirds of all Christian martyrs in the history of the church, actually died in the twentieth century, according to a new book, The New Persecuted: Inquiries into Anti-Christian Intolerance in the New Century of Martyrs by Italian journalist, Antonio Socci. While thousands of martyrs died in places like the former Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, millions more have died for their faith in nations like Turkey, where 1.5 million Armenian Christians were murdered. The author estimates that an average of 160,000 Christians have been killed every year since 1990 in a variety of nations such as Pakistan, Sudan, Algeria, and Nigeria. While the story seems to be ignored by mass media and the wider culture, shouldn’t those of us who are members of Christ’s body make sure this story is told? And we should be in daily prayer for these Christian brothers and sisters who are paying the ultimate sacrifice for their faith. However, it is also important that we pray for ourselves. Some may call me an over-reacting alarmist, but it seems that persecution is also coming to the Church in America. For several years now a schoolteacher in Mount Vernon, OH has been fighting to get his job back. Why did he lose it? He was fired simply because he had his personal Bible sitting on his desk. Furthermore, a Pastor in California is going on trial this week for reading his Bible out loud in public. So you see, we should not just be praying for persecuted Christians in remote parts of the world, but we should also be praying for persecuted Christians on Main St. America!