Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 3:7-8
When we think of persecution, many great biblical characters come to mind: Stephen, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Sadly, persecution didn’t end with the early Church. Christians all over the world are suffering for our faith today.
Some of you might have heard of Naghmeh Abedini, a courageous American wife and mother who campaigned for the release of her husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, who has been held, beaten, and tortured in Iranian prisons simply for sharing his Christian faith.
Others might have heard of Mariam Ibraheem, who was imprisoned in horrific conditions in the Sudan and was under sentence of death for refusing to renounce her faith in Christ. She was forced to give birth to her second child while her legs were chained to the floor of her jail cell. Now she is a spokeswoman for other persecuted Christians. I have had the privilege of meeting her, and she is a woman of unbelievable grace and dignity.
Pastor Saeed’s and Mariam’s sufferings are but two examples of what brothers and sisters go through in countries that are not free.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, write your congressman and demand that he make the defense of religious freedom at home and abroad a priority.
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