33 of our brothers and sisters will be executed within the next few hours in North Korea.
Because they are Christians. Like us.
“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.” Revelation 6:9-11
OH LORD, save us from our complacency and luke-warmness. Save us from our idols of comfort and convenience. Save us from our obsession with self. Save us from our Western mindset. Save us from our dullness of heart. Wake us up from our comfortable bed of luxury. OH LORD save us!
Here we are – so wealthy in the West. We have food, money, cars, houses, freedom, church buildings, light and sounds systems and, of course, smoke machines, and yet – we are spiritually bankrupt.
They are the rich ones in North Korea. They are the ones for whom a crown of life awaits. They are the ones whose underground churches are flourishing and the Holy Spirit is moving upon. They are the ones who are awake. They are the ones who know Jesus and the “fellowship of His suffering”. They are the ones who are watching for His return.
In Christ’s Name, Amen