More persecution. How we need to lift up the Body of Christ in prayer!
Bishop Angaelos, the general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, underscored the Ethiopians’ testimony.
“Once again we see innocent Christians murdered purely for refusing to renounce their faith,” he said in a statement.
“As Christians, we remain committed to our initial instinct following the murder of our 21 Coptic brothers in Libya, that it is not only for our own good, but indeed our duty to ourselves, the world, and even those who see themselves as our enemies, to forgive and pray for the perpetrators of this and similar crimes,” he said. “We pray for these men and women, self-confessed religious people, that they may be reminded of the sacred and precious nature of every life created by God.”
The Kingdom of God is unshakable. Any false notions of “taking down Rome” doesn’t mean the Church of Jesus Christ is defeated.
What looks like “defeat” in this world isn’t the true report of the Kingdom of God.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:28,29)
21 martyrs were not defeated. The Church is not defeated. The Kingdom of God is not defeated. Our King will bring it all into account. That may mean something tough for us in this time period, but that is not the ultimate story.
Let the King settle the accounts.
ISIS comes out on the losing side of that equation.
Dick Brogden may not be a name you know. He doesn’t care. What he cares about is proclaiming Christ to the nations, especially the peoples who have yet to hear. I’ve been going through a journal he edited called The Live Dead Journal.
Halfway through, Dick talks about three martyrdoms. The Red Martyrdom is giving your life for Christ physically. Literally dying for the cause of Christ. It is not your call. It is the call of the Savior.
Two quotes from this section:
Martin Luther King, Jr. said this: “We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall win freedom but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.”
If can can glorify Christ by the Red Martyrdom, why not? It is how He died. It is where and how He went. Would it not be an honor if He allows us to go the same way?
There are times we need sobering reminders of the cost of following Christ. There are places in this world that are incredibly dangerous and when we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, there are sometimes violent repercussions.
Please pray for the Church around the world!