THE REPORT OF THE PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN: 

“Christian persecution is any hostile feeling, attitude, restriction, or action experienced as a result of one's identification as a Christian. Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith.  Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis. According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world's population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians).  Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ” (Open Doors, 2015).


SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION: 

Romans 12:8 AMP

“[He whose gift is] practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching

Definition of Practical Service: of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something, rather than with theory and ideas. 


QUESTIONS FOR DEEPER REFLECTION: 

1. When hearing about other Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering for their faith are you moved into specific action, or get stuck in theories and ideas about why bad things happen to good people?

2. Do you think it is easier to turn the channel and avoid conversations on religion and politics?

3. Does the Word of God address taking a stand for the Truth?

ASK GOD:
sk God to search your actions, your assistance or supply to those in need of education, encouragement, and provision when persecuted throughout the world. Do you teach or stir others up to get informed and involved in creating positive changes? If not ask Him why? Ask God to reveal where your good intentions fall short of actions. 


PRAYER:

God help us to heed the Bible passages that call us to be a voice for the voiceless. Help us to follow the instructions given in Psalm 82:3, that tell us to stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. Help us to see to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly. (Insert any additional) In Jesus Name, Amen.


NEXT STEPS:

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Open Doors: OPENDOORSUSA.ORG
Voice of the Martyr: PERSECUTION.COM
Prisoner Alert: PRISONERALERT.COM

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