Open Doors just released their 2019 Watch List of the most difficult countries to be a Christian.
The U.S. isn’t on the list, but it’s no longer inconceivable that we could end up there one day.
The division and backlash against Christian values in our country is a daunting sign of the times. It reminds me of Jesus’ words:
‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? (Matthew 16:3 NASB)
By the grace of God and through the sacrifices of our forefathers, we live free. But our liberty is under siege and we are losing the battle.
Our beliefs and values are now opposed by many of America’s largest corporations, academic institutions, professional sports teams, and mainstream and social media. The most alarming sign of the times may be the next generation of voters who do not seem to understand the value of our Constitution and our freedom.
It’s time for Christians to honestly answer the hard questions like: Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the Lord your God when he led you in the way? (Jeremiah 2:17 NIV)
We have indeed veered from His path!
One of the highest biblical priorities for the body of Christ is to care for its suffering brothers and sisters. That’s why the apostle Paul “ordered” churches to collect money “on the first day of the week” – to help the persecuted and suffering Christians who live in a foreign land (see 1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
But in the U.S. we have virtually abandoned our suffering Christian family and today less than ½ of 1% of our church collections are used to help them. What should be one of the highest priorities is in reality, one of our lowest!
We need to return to biblical Christianity NOW – before it’s too late!
The Lord entrusted liberty to us for His purposes. If we’re not faithful, what hope do we have that He will allow us to continue in this rapidly fading liberty?
“You my brothers and sisters … do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13 NIV)
How about you and your giving – is it biblical? Does it meet Jesus’ mandate to love and care for our suffering brothers and sisters? (see John 15:12)
To learn more about biblical giving and caring for the persecuted, I invite you to read Heirloom Love.
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