Prisoner Alert

December 4, 2009 at 1:15 am (Announcements) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”, we’ve been horrified by just how quickly our freedoms can be torn away. We’ve seen a smackling of persecution and we’re shocked. But ladies, persecution is a reality for Christians worldwide. Christ promised that, just as He was rejected, hated and even killed, so His followers would be rejected, hated and even killed. Ostracized. Marginalized. Relegated. Legislated. Sent like sheep to the slaughter for His sake.

So far, we have experienced basically nil. Regardless of rising anti-Christian sentiment in the U.S. it is still one of the most religiously tolerant countries in the world. Across the globe, our brothers and sisters are suffering much worse things than negative press. Caught up in our lives of luxury and ease, it’s easy to forget our brothers and sisters who, along with Paul, are “filling up the sufferings of Christ.”

Soon, we may be joining them in a battle against the temptation to deny Christ. When the Voice of the Martyrs magazine arrived today, it featured a story of two young Iranian women, imprisoned for refusing to deny Christ—the head of the body in which we are all members. When one part of your body is wounded, the rest of your body rushes to its aid. We still have much freedom, and while we do, we should be reaching out to our suffering sisters. VOM is committed to uniting suffering Christians and those of us who are at ease. Through voluntary support they send needed supplies and literature into hostile areas—even seeking to evangelize Jihad terrorists. Recently, they’ve launched a great website to make it easy for you to offer encouragement, support and even plead with government officials for the release of Christian captives. Check out Prisoner Alert and see how you can help—from your safe home.

Ladies, many of you have time to do some web surfing. Many of you have time to write e-mails or catch up with friends on Facebook and Twitter—or even to meet new people online. Can’t you take the time to visit the site, read the stories of your suffering brothers and sisters and send them your love and Christ’s?

“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” ~Hebrews 13:3

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