Opression

Did you know that each month, 32 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 churches and Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 forms of violence are committed against Christians. That includes beatings, abductions, rapes and arrests.

In Iraq, the selling of young girls and the killings of the Christian communities have caused a decline in the number of believers still around. Numbers went form a whopping 1.5 million to a surprising 300,000. According to releventmagazine.com only one percent of Syrian refugees in camps are Christian because “they fear negative repercussions from Sunni refugees identifying them with the regime.” Iranian-American Christian pastor Saeed Abedini is serving an 8 year term in prison for his faith. Persians are being officially charged for espionage, just for publishing scripture.

There are 100 million Christians around the globe who are currently suffering.

“25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

1 Corinthians 12:25-27

Times are getting tough now. And it’s our time, as Christians, and followers and the body of Christ to stand together. We can’t continue to have problems with each other! A large part of why Christians are looked down upon , and judged so harshly is because we are hypocrites. I say we because I am including myself. We can preach all day about brotherly and sisterly love, and how everyone is equal in the eyes of the Lord. Meanwhile, we wont even talk to Sally because she gave you a side eye. We wont talk to Richard because he dresses immodestly, and we won’t talk to Brenda because she used to be a prostitute. God accepts us as we are. Imperfect, yet perfect in his eyes. It’s his job to make the change in us, not ours to judge. Everyone has been through something. I have been through stuff in my life. Instead of judging Brenda, we should grow with her. Help her if she slacks, pray with her, laugh with her, eat with her. God was and is there for us every time we mess up and every time we feel alone. Who are we to not be there for his son or daughter? Who are we to not love others the way he loves us?

My friends, people are dying. People out there are really, really, and truly hurting. We can’t sit here and argue with a church member over what they’re wearing while people in other countries are being hurt.We are on in Christ; if they hurt, we hurt. Instead of fighting with your brother, get together and forget and forgive your differences, and focus on the bigger picture.

Pray for Iraq, Syria, India, France and every other country currently going through oppression. Pray that God gives them strength and mercy, and that he never leaves their sides. Pray! It’s our most powerful weapon, and it’s time to use it.

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