Convert or die?

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I’ve often wondered if Christians in the USA have freedom to their detriment. There are so many churches that they can leave one for another for whatever reason they like. Many start campaigns and stand against national department stores for not saying Merry Christmas. It is easy to complain about the world not holding to a Christian standard found in this phrase during this national holiday.

For some reason Christians do not start national campaigns to hold Christians to biblical standards. Standards like standing firm in their faith and actively sharing the Gospel in daily life. While sharing the Gospel can be scary in some sense there is much freedom to share it in the USA.

Sharing the Gospel won’t kill you!

It might kill your nerves which just turns you back to rely on Christ. However, in Pakistan, being a Christian just might get you killed. That is, if you are a Christian and your childhood friends are Muslim.

Friends? Really?

Patras Masih was killed by his childhood Muslim friends for being a Christian, reports The Voice of the Martyrs.

The three told him that they would spare his life only if he converted to Islam. When Patras refused to do so, he was shot multiple times in the chest. According to Patras’s father, Gulzar, his Muslim friends had tried to pressure him to convert several other times, but Patras always refused. Gulzar stated, “My son bravely refused to recant Christianity and clung to Christ. He bravely embraced martyrdom.” The local police have registered a murder case against the three, but they remained at large at last report.

That is an incredibly sad story. In one sense, it is unbelievable. That is, if things like this did not happen as frequently as they do, especially, from Islam, the religion of peace. However, not only can American Christians freely share the Gospel, they can do it without the fear of being killed for it. Just as important is the fact that sharing the Gospel with someone is not a convert or I will kill you proposition.

The Gospel is Jesus’ work to save sinners. It is a Christian’s privilege to share the Gospel. The American Christian persecution for sharing the Gospel is a joke. Especially, compared to other parts of the world as seen in the above example.

Pray for the Masih family and for the Holy Spirit to awaken the souls of American Christians to boldly proclaim the Gospel.

I’m reminded of Ephesians 6:19 and [pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.

And boy do I need to be reminded daily!

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The above article was posted on December 24, 2009 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Dan Smith December 24, 2009 at 11:50 am

I have faced this issue a few times on my ship and back home in Kansas. Sadly, American Christians think that not having prayer in school is equal to persecution, and it isn’t. I have to watch myself as well, but I’ve visited enough missionaries overseas in my travels to know that we have it easy here. We need to take advantage of it.

2 Mark Lamprecht December 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Dan, thanks for the comment. I’d love to hear more about what you’ve encountered with Christians outside the US in your travels. I too have to watch myself.

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