Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Should Persecution Matter to Us
Thanks to advanced technology I've been able to talk to some friends of mine behind the Muslim curtain.
It's not easy on them. Some have been jailed, others harassed. They worship with the awareness that they could be beaten or jailed.
But the surprising thing to me, as an American whose biggest discomfort is self-imposed exercise, is that they don't think persecution is abnormal for the Christian life.
Suffering is normal to these former-Muslim believers.
I'm beginning to wonder if our lack of suffering weakens our faith in Christ.
I'm starting to think that my prized convenient, efficient life may actually be killing my spirituality, stifling evangelism and creating idol dependency in the US.
I'm wondering if our lack of persecution should matter more.
Especially when I hear conservative estimates are that over one million people have converted to Christ in Ir@n in the last three years.