Saturday, March 25, 2006

One More Link in a Very Long Chain

A 41-year-old man is on trial in Afghanistan for the crime of converting to Christianity. Radical Islamic leaders are calling for the death penalty, and much of the world is taking notice. The media buzz is unusual, and I'm grateful for it. Maybe the routine persecution of Christians all over the world is so routine that the media doesn't consider it worth their attention most of the time.

Paul's words to the persecuted church in Philippi ring down through the centuries:

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you [KJV -- "in nothing terrified by your adversaries"]. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him."

Philippians 1:27-29

I'm praying for Abdul Rahman, and for the family all over the earth. Let us, in prayer, and in every practical way we can, contend as one man, with one heart and one mind, for the faith of the gospel.


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