In America, insulated from the harsh consequences of reality, we know nothing about the persecution and pains most Christians face on a daily basis. Those troubles don’t matter and belong to some far away land. Christians here could never be called upon to suffer for their faith in such a way.
But we are tormented in our own fashion. For instance, I spent almost fifty dollars filling up my 2008 Ford Fusion last week. What’s more I couldn’t believe that I only managed to get 27 miles per gallon off my last tank. It gets worse. All around the nation, beleaguered Christians are feeling the credit crunch and can’t qualify for those $500,000 home loans they so desire. Oh, and imagine how many Christians’ investment portfolios have been devastated by the current financial crisis. Think of all the money they’ve lost! How else can they possibly pay for that new boat they just financed?
Only with paralyzing grief and heartbreak will the believers in this nation continue on. Truly, the days ahead are overcast with doubt and uncertainty, as the plight of suffering American Christians will only intensify.
All right. It’s time for an attitude adjustment and a little perspective. Below are some images from the Christian persecution in Orissa Province, India.
The next time you complain about the cost of gas, just be thankful it wasn’t used to set your vehicle aflame.
The next time you cringe at your mortgage bill, praise God for allowing you to pay one in the first place.
And finally, the next time another driver makes a rude gesture because of the fish sign on your car’s trunk, give thanks to our God they’re not doing something much worse.
Additional photos can be found here.
As American Christians, we need to be more thankful and less ungrateful. Our worries are nothing compared to what troubles most other Christians around the world. Please endeavor to keep them in your prayers.
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. (John 15:18-21, ESV)