Do Something For The Persecuted

Do Something For The Persecuted

I have a book for you to read.

I recently finished reading "Killing Christians" by Tom Doyle, and I have to tell you guys, this book might make my top ten list for the year.  It's still early, but this book was so good.

I picked up this book thinking it would be like a different book I read a couple years ago that gave a lot of stats and facts about persecution of Christians around the world, and it was totally different than what I was expecting, in a good way!  This book has eight main chapters, and each chapter reads like a chapter of a fiction book - except the stories that are told are not fiction, they are real.  These stories are specifically focused on Christians in the middle east, so it is especially applicable to what is happening today.

I'm not going to sugar-coat it - these stories are brutal.  The types of suffering that are described in these pages are horrific, and in a lot of ways it was difficult for me to read.  I can't imagine going through what Christians in the middle east (especially converts from Islam) endure, and the way they endure it with such courage and faith is inspiring.

It may not be easy to read, but it is so important to be aware of what our brothers and sisters are suffering so we can pray for them!  I especially loved one line at the end of the book.

"Even though personal hostility, danger, and martyrdom may not be present in your life, there is something else you are experiencing: you are suffering.  Did you know that? . . . Your connection to those living in persecution is stronger than you may think - if one suffers, we all suffer.  That is why you recently may have felt unsettled, angry, or disoriented by the pervasive evil in the world and overwhelmed at the bombardment of Christians globally as you view it on television or read about it online or in print media.  You should feel this way.  After all, it is an attack on your family."

That so perfectly describes how I have been feeling lately every time I hear about Christian kidnappings or executions in the news - it is almost a physical pain, and it finally makes sense to me why it makes me feel that way.  We are the body of Christ.  We are more connected than we realize.

I think it is so important as Christians to not forget those of our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted and killed.  It is tempting to turn off the news, close the windows on our computer and not think about it, but we can't do that.  Our family needs us.  They need our prayers, every single day.  We should be petitioning our Heavenly Father on their behalf. We shouldn't let them suffer and die with no notice.

I just wanted to close this post with a resource that was shared at the end of this book, called 8thirty8.  This is a challenge to set your phone for 8:38 PM each day, and when the alarm goes off, take a minute to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted.  There is also an 8thirty8 Facebook page that will give you specific updates and situations to pray for.

It hurts to feel so helpless, but there is always something we can do - we can pray.  And "Killing Christians" and 8thirty8 are great inspiration for doing just that.

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Note: I received a digital copy of this book for free in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Elizabeth said...

That's an amazing quote, sounds like a good book. I definitely try to be discerning in the kind of news I take in, yet we all end up feeling led to intercede regarding a particular issue in some way.

Callie said...

That's true, we all have our issues that the Lord lays on our heart, but I do think Chrostian persecution is something we all should be following in the news. It has repercussions for every Christian, and even for those who don't believe in Jesus. And for those of us who do follow Christ, our brothers and sisters in Christ have an urgent need for our prayers.

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