Martyrdom is not something most American Christians worry much about. Nevertheless, Christians are the most persecuted group in the World. That is a little known fact in this nation, but it is nevertheless true.
Check out some of these reports.
Here are a couple of Christian organizations that serve persecuted Christians.
What can we do for persecuted Christians? We can urge our leaders to take up their cause. We can demand that our government make the effort to expose the crimes of those who persecute our fellow human beings. At the very least we should strive to discover and expose those who commit genocide of any sort.
As you read Julie (aka Cookie)’s post, keep in mind that the first act of martyrdom is to die to sin. The second is to be willing to die before denying Jesus Christ, our Savior. Before we can die for Jesus Christ, we must have already given our life to Him. We exhibit that commitment by dying to sin.
“You cannot turn me from my holy Faith by threats, nor with promises of riches and pleasures.
I will obey your orders willingly, if you will leave me free to follow my religion.
I would rather surrender my head to you than to change my faith.
I was born a Christian, and I shall die a Christian.”
+ St. John the Russian
The definition of the word martyr, according to Merriam Webster is: a person who voluntarily
suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion.
When we think of individuals who fit that description…we think of those individuals
who reach out to us from various Biblical tales.
We recall the stories of individuals who were tried and sentenced to death
for their faith in God, people like Daniel in the lion’s den—
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