From the beginning, followers of Jesus had to be tougher than nails. Jesus said that they, and by continuance “we”, would endure suffering. People are imprisoned, beaten, and even die for their faith in Jesus Christ every day. When we have the choice of suffering or facing pressure to conform our thoughts to the patterns of this world, what do we do?
Richard Wurmbrand continued to make the decision to follow Jesus in suffering. He eventually was released and began the widely circulated “Voice of the Martyrs” which aids Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. According to Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List—an in-depth investigative report focusing on global Christian persecution— persecution is increasing at an alarming rate. Research for the List indicates that each day, a staggering 11 Christians are killed for their faith in the top 50 countries ranked on the World Watch List.
We have so much to be thankful for in our nation. Let’s not allow the freedom we have make us overly sensitive or soft when it comes to sharing Jesus with those that need him!
1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled