As I am sure many of you have felt this week, my heart is breaking over the many situations unfolding across this world. The story that is in the forefront of my mind is the situation in Iraq. The hundreds of men, women, and children that have been brutally murdered for refusing to denounce their faith in Christ. The thousands that have fled and are now stranded atop mountains in Northern Iraq. As a mom I can’t help but think of the fear and difficulty these families are facing at this moment.
Yet in all this tragedy there is always hope. I am amazed by the testimony that these reported believers are demonstrating. In all that they face they refuse to denounce the name of our Savior. With the world watching, their lives demonstrate the faith they have in Christ. So many of them can say with Paul “…in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”
Time will only tell of the good that will come of all this. Already my heart is challenged by their faith and I pray that God’s name will be glorified through their lives. The fact that we are seeing so many come under heavy persecution is testimony of a great God that is saving many around the globe, yes even in the most hardened of places. Just yesterday I sat in a church as an Iranian brother and sister, having come out of a muslim family, gave their life to Christ and were baptized. Despite and possibly even because of persecution, a great victory that only Christ can give will doubtlessly come.
I live in a very secure nation and therefore worry very little for safety. Every need and every want I have is met. Yet so often I let very unimportant things consume my thoughts and my time. So often I fail to be a bold witness for Christ.
These pictures I have seen of Christians that I never even knew existed until this week echo in my mind. As they are being forced to give up all that is temporary in order to glorify God, may I reset my priorities so that I can bring the most glory to the Lord possible where I am. And may we all be faithful to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world and especially in Iraq.