Christian Today released an article telling of recent persecution of Chinese Christians. Reading the article stirred up a few thoughts in me:
Jesus said, "If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you" (John 15:20). Although Christians in America have not faced persecution of this magnitude, the persecution fever is spreading, and will likely be here sooner than we think. I wonder how "American Christianity" will deal with this.
All too often we take for granted the great freedoms we have in America. This should be a continual reminder for thanksgiving and prayer. We ought not to neglect such freedoms, but take advantage of them and work while it is still daylight. "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work" (John 9:4). "And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2).
We ought to bear with our suffering brothers and sisters in prayer. "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer" (Romans 12:12).