I think a lot about the persecuted church around the world. The kids and I have read books and magazines from Voice of the Martyrs for years, we use their prayer app each day. I read articles from Open Doors. And I wonder how these people keep their faith. I think about that part a lot more now that I am in a place where I can share my testimony. People are going to ask me how I kept my faith. I ask myself how I kept my faith. I come up with simplistic answers, “I didn’t put my faith in man, but God,” etc. But I think it’s more complicated than that. Once I believed Calvinism and thought God had a gun to my head forcing me to remain a Christian, but that didn’t make any sense once I read the Gospels.
I’m not sure what the people in the churches around the world who face persecution would tell us if we asked them why they continue to believe, but I do know how they get through it. Always when asked they say that the trials of this world are temporary in light of eternity in heaven. I lose sight of that too many times…most of the time. I get caught up in the pain, I get caught up in people telling me that things will get better, I take my focus off Christ and onto my circumstances. In that way I’m no better than the rich person who looks at his money instead of Christ.
There is no guarantee of a better life here on this earth. There is no guarantee I’m going to even find myself in a situation where all my needs are met. But, even though it looks like foolishness to the rest of the world, there is a guarantee that when this is all over I will be with Christ.
This is part of 31 Days of Five Minute Writing. It is also National Domestic Violence Awareness month.