I wish I had better news, but unfortunately, I do not.
Recently, the persecution of Christians in Laos has gotten much worse. On Christmas, 7 Christians at a Christmas celebration were arrested and taken to jail for “gathering illegally” for a service not approved by Laos’ government (source). While progress is being made for Christians in places like Iraq, persecution in places like Laos is getting worse and worse.
At the same time, hatred and anti-Semitic animosity is sadly alive even in the United States. One doctor, Dr. Lara Kollab, was found to have anti-Semitic views plastered all over her social media, and she threatened to give her Jewish patients the wrong drugs (source). She has been fired from her job, but at this time still has her medical license.
I don’t know what to say. We as people have known for decades that in the midst of hatred and war, we need Love; in the darkness, we need light.
No, I’m not going to go all Burt Bacharach on you. These words—Love & Light—are beautiful, but vague. We know what we need, but so many of us find it hopeless to attain when we are one person, seemingly against the world—and, quite sadly, our churches become mere social clubs, full of tidied-up people who are sometimes more interested in being merely religious than sharing the life-changing Gospel of Christ with the nations.
But as Christians, we must remember: we are not just one person against the world. We are children of the Living God, a God who is Love (1 John 4:7-8). We are followers of Jesus, who is the Light of the World (John 8:12). We are made new as we believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior, with the moving Holy Spirit inside of us!
The only way to this place of Love and Light is Jesus Christ. There is no other way to salvation. No other way to Peace. And surely, no other solution to our deepest problems and fake social clubs.
We have brothers and sisters being arrested for loving and following Jesus. The world is getting darker and darker. THIS is the time to shine, my friends. THIS is the time to take that leap of faith, to be bold, and to love as Jesus loved.
Things aren’t about to get any better soon. But may the worsening circumstances and bad news point us evermore to the Good News: that Jesus Christ came, and is coming again. May the whole world know it—because we all need it now more than ever.
Do you know Jesus?
Whoever you are, and whatever you have done, I have one life-changing truth for you to hear: Jesus is the One you have ALWAYS been looking for. Learn more about Him—and find out why you need Him—here.
Please pray for…
- Our persecuted brothers and sisters all over the world in Laos.
- Lara Kollab, that she would realize how much she needs Christ, and would be saved and repentant for her actions.
- The Chibok girls. Today is day 1727 that the remaining Chibok schoolgirls are in captivity. Pray that their whereabouts would be known soon, like Rejoice Sanki, the Chibok girl to pray for of the week.
- That Boko Haram would be defeated.
- That those in Northern Nigeria would cling to Jesus.
Thank you for your prayers!