November 13, 2010

Pray for the Persecuted Church

"Muslim people of Russia...all of your mosques and religious places were being destroyed during the reign of the Czar...From today your beliefs and ideals will prevail and should remain free forever."
— Vladimir Lenin, 1917

Several countries in the former USSR were Muslim. Since Islam flourished under Soviet rule (Lenin wanted to destroy Christianity and the Jews, not Islam), Muslim governments reign in several of those countries today. As a result, persecution of Christians is widespread. Naturally, Christian persecution is still rampant in atheist regimes as well.

Lenin declared that "The church is dead" in 1923. Instead, the church is very much alive, and Lenin has gone to meet the Maker that he claimed did not exist.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 has been designated as a day of prayer for persecuted Christians around the world. I urge you to see what is happening in the rest of the world. Venture away from rose-colored stained-glass windows in our hot tub Christian country where persecution does not mean torture and death; get informed — and pray.

(Hint: Click on the "Full Screen" button at the right of the "Slide 01/09" thing.)

2 Timothy 3.12


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