Last weekend was the “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church,” an annual day to put special emphasis on “praying” for the persecuted Church.
Remembering the “persecuted” church around the globe should be a “continual” effort for all Christians. We need to continually “remind” ourselves that our brothers and sisters are “beaten, jailed, or even killed” for their faith.
One “group” in particular that we need to remember to pray for is the “underground church” in China.
In this brief video by Deidox Films, Li Yang provides a “glimpse” into an underground home church.
In this short addendum, Li Yang answers the question, “Is Christianity legal or illegal in China?”
He explains why the question is “difficult” to answer and how the Chinese government “protects” its Communist ideology from the perceived “threat” of Christianity.
Comment by Todd Johnson:
We as Americans have NO sense of what persecution truly is. We view it from afar, in videos and on the nightly news as something others endure as we live in our religious oasis. While we fight to retain the gift of religious freedoms granted in our constitutional republic, we can never forget that our ‘plight’ pales compared to those across the globe. How many of us would endure torture for Christ and not give up our fellow Christians?
Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of me.”
I only pray that this crucible of persecution, which the Church and Christians are experiencing in China, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, is strengthening His disciples as the foundation for the growth there yet to come.
Each of us, safe in our church communities, must view minor challenges against faith as gifts, for our prideful demonstrations in our strength of faith, simply mask the weakness within and He knows we cannot endure more.