What is happening to the land of the free and the home of the brave? Who feels free and safe these days? Violence is commonplace. We seem to have somehow lost our moral compass as well. A presidential election should instill us with a sense of hope and optimism, but that isn’t the case this year.
And “In God We Trust”? The few who do trust in Him find themselves in a minority that is losing rights while everyone else seems to be gaining rights. We seem to be weaker within as a nation and our international impact and reputation is fast fading as well. Instead of the title ‘Christian’ bringing respect and privilege, it now brings ridicule and rejection. Who could have imagined so many negative changes in our nation in such a short time?
As Christian we better get used to minority status quickly. The cost of unashamedly following Jesus is getting higher each year. What will it be like for our grandchildren (unless Jesus comes back first)?
Christians in India have never had the privileges and blessings we have had in this country. They can only imagine what it would be like to live here. However it is getting easier for us to imagine what it is like for them there where they are persecuted for their faith. The government, who should be protecting them, is often their worst enemy. There is a high price to be paid for calling one’s self a follower of Jesus in India. The price is this country is quickly rising. Are you ready? Will you stay faithful no matter the cost? Will your family? (August 15, 2016 Doylestown, PA)
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
John 15:18 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you:
Is there any way you have been compromising your faith to avoid criticism? Ask God for wisdom and courage in how you should respond in such circumstances.
Pray for your church leaders and those leading the church nationally, that they would have courage to stand in the face of ridicule and rejection. Pray for your own local church as well.
INDIA UPDATE: Pastor Barnabas, a man I deeply love and respect, is starting a new church and training another pastor to be able to lead it. Pray for him and this endeavor. The village has very few believers. Another pastor I have known for many years, Sudhakar, is asking for prayer for a roof for his church. One of the women in his church is so demonized and tormented he started coming to church to find relief. This has caused him to stop drinking. His name is Veeraiah. Pray for him and his wife.
PRAY FOR the pastors and needs mentioned above.
Pastor Moses and the pastors who help us there are working on plans for our January, 2017, trip to India. Please pray for wisdom, guidance and direction for them at this important planning stage. Pray the money to cover the expenses of these conferences would be provided as well. What we have had has gone to help with the publication of the new books so we need donations for these coming conferences. Thanks!