Luke 12:6-7 - Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (New International Version 1984)
The Church in Syria is on its knees. Its pastors, its members and its supporters are being rounded up daily and either shot or burned or bombed out of existence. These people cry daily for help from those of us in the western world.
Yet what do we do? We lament the decline of political leadership in a country that is free and will remain free at least during our lifetime. We make up stories to discredit our politicians' simply because we do not like what they offer.
We take to facebook and write and share all sorts of lies about people we do not know. We tear one another to shreds simply because we do notlike the way each other worships.
And still the Church in Syria is on its knees.
We claim that the "Church" is corrupt, the shepherds of the church are lacking in their faith and their commission. We blacken the name of the Church simply because our local church may have stumbled.
And still the Church in Syria is on its knees and we do not notice.
We worry about our rights and our liberties. Or we demand the right take another's life in the name of that liberty.
And still the Church in Syria is on its knees and we refuse to notice or listen.
Yet there is one who does notice. For He sees the sparrow that falls or is sold. How much more will He see you when you fall.
Yes, Even though we don't, He sees the Church that is on its knees.
If someone murders someone because they bear the name of Christ what terrible retribution they are bringing on themselves. If it were given to me to do so, I could wish to die with our brothers and sisters and be freed from the bonds of this world. What of the rest of the world that stands and watches without so much as a word of protest? Are they not also bringing destruction down on their own heads? God is not mocked. He will repay. Phil
As I was thinking about your blog, My eyes fell on my VOM magazine which came a few days ago but I had not opened the envelope yet. On an impulse I opened it and the first thing that caught my eye was a story about "The Cup of Suffering". A church was attacked by armed men. Right before the attack, the warning went out and people tried to escape. Forty-four Christians were killed including the pastor's wife, several of his children and two of his grandchildren.
The nightmare did not stop there. During the mass funeral the next day, the gunmen returned and opened fire on the mourners. They also managed to kill two government officials who had been in attendance.
Some other villages had been attacked as well and within two days nearly 200 Christians were killed and yet there are Christians in the "west" who steadfastly claim Christians are not being persecuted. There are Christians who insist that if such stories are true... then it must have been because the people had sinned and God is punishing them.
What is wrong with us?
[quote]Preachers who promise prosperity, good health and continual joy lead men astray. In reality, you might lose a herd of swine. You are meant to lose all. "Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple." says the Lord (Luke 14:33
[center]--Richard Wurmbrand, Pastor, Martyr and Founder of Voice of the Martyrs[/center] [/quote]
Certainly the church in Syria needs every prayer we can possibly offer, but recently the church in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Iraq (along with many other places) has been systematically destroyed church by church and believer by believer one at a time. As you say, what has been the response from Christians in countries with the means to help? Silence.
The greatest killer of all is many times silence. I pray that we refuse to stay silent forever.
Great and thought provoking blog.
I was saddened to see you no longer on my friends list.
One wonders at times, who is the most blessed, those you speak of, or the ones silent due to just not caring.
God never abandons His people. He is long-suffering towards us all.
God be with you. billy
Sadly, I know nothing about what is going on. I have become so disgusted with political goings on, that I rarely watch the news. I just don't want to hear the latest spin or propaganda. I bad part of that is that I also miss legitimate news that one needs to know, like this. thanks for writing this. - bibleguy