I receive emails from an organization called International Christian Concern who send updates about persecuted believers from around the world. Their latest update had a piece from Britian. A Christian minister, Rev. Noble Samuel – Pakistani born – but now has a Television ministry, was beaten, apparently by Muslims, because of his faith.
You can read the piece HERE
Now, I appreciate that persecution is not good. And I say that having experienced a little persecution. My wife and I lived on housing estate in North london where a group of youths targeted our house and us for abuse and vandalism. We lived there seven years. Persecution is not easy by any means.
But two things concerned me about the article and the points for prayer.
1. Rev Noble Samuel says he is frightened and depressed. Understandable emotions – but not biblical ones. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for u theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely h on my account.12 i Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for j so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5) & John 15 says: Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
2. There is no sense in the article or prayers, expressly for the Rev. Noble to love, bless, pray for and do good to his enemies – which is the biblical response.
Again, I do know this is not easy – to a very small extent I know the emotions of Rev Noble first hand – but I exhort him not to be frightened or depressed – but rejoice in the fact he has spoken the gospel to the extent that he is worthy to be persecuted for it.
We want to take the teaching of Jesus and scripture seriously – and how we respond in persecutions and to our enemies is clearly laid out. we need to start practicing them NOW – even though it is hugely counter cultural.
Finally, there is a phenomenal piece on Biblical Justice written by Paul Blackham – it will challenge you – go read it HERE.