Over the last two days I have given a very brief review of two countries, China and India, with regard to the people groups that need to be reached with the gospel. In both countries, there is a clear rise in persecution against Christians. From personal surveillance technology and rewards given for turning in Christians to the government, to church leaders missing or imprisoned, the conditions worsen and will become more difficult.
The increase in violence against Christians in India since 2014 has meant that many missionaries have left the country. The ruling Hindu government has openly pushed to cleanse their country of Islam and Christianity. China is quietly deporting foreigners who are known to be involved in religious activities.
What should be our attitude toward these events which are happening in many places around the world? This question takes us back to the final instructions of Jesus just before His crucifixion.
“Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours” (John 15:20). Earlier in verse 18, Jesus told the disciples also that because the world has hated Him, they should expect that the world would also hate them. History has also proven that the gospel flourishes best in conditions that are opposed to it.
While we should pray for those in government authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2), we must also be diligent in praying for those who carry the gospel to those who have never heard. This was Paul’s plea: “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison--” (Colossians 4:3). PRAY!
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