Over at WorldNetDaily we read a gruesome story:
A Muslim father cut out his daughter’s tongue and lit her on fire upon learning that she had become a Christian.
The child became curious about Jesus Christ after she read Christian material online, the Gulf News reported.
Her father read her Internet conversation, detached her tongue and burned her to death “following a heated debate on religion,” according to an International Christian Concern report.
Persecution tales like this abound in the Muslim world. There, professing Jesus Christ often means prison time, torture, and sometimes even death. One does not become a Christian lightly. Truly, they must count the costs as Jesus instructed in Luke 14:25-33.
Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ “Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? “Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. (Luke 14:25-33, NASB)
One cannot help but wonder what would become of American Christianity if it were suddenly subjected to this kind of persecution. Here, a profession of faith costs virtually nothing. What if it cost everything?
Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Pray that God will grant them steadfast faith even in the midst of Satan’s hottest wrath.