I just read a heart touching article about the need to remember persecuted Christians during the Christmas season. We here in America are so caught-up in ourselves that we are blind to what is going on elsewhere. Thousands of Christians are murdered every year in places like India, China, and North Korea. The Christmas season is especially dangerous for believers in those areas. Many have to worship alone in their homes or flee to a secluded place where they can worship with others.
How many people do you know who would literally risk their lives for the sake of worshipping God? Yet that’s the norm for some people. Here in America we feel we’ve made a big sacrifice if we just show up for a worship service on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. Here it is all about us and what we think makes us happy. Doesn’t it seem stange that we feel we can’t be happy by doing what God wants us to do? O how deceived we are!
We should indeed pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we also need to do some praying regarding the poor deluded Chriatians in America. It’s time for us to stop pretending that all is well when it isn’t. Christianity in America is in a pitiful state. If we ever needed a revival it is now. We can sing “Jesus is all the world to me” until we are blue in the face, but it is nothing but noise in the ears of God until we prove it is true.
This Christmas would be a good time for each of us to examine ourselves and give Christ the place He rightfully deserves. We have the wonderful privilege of being able to worship God without the fear of persecution. We are free to gather with fellow believers, let us not waste that opportunity, nor complain about our petty problems. It could be a lot worse and would be if we got what we deserved. THINK ABOUT IT!