As we move toward a weekend that commemorates the most important events in the history of earth (the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ), we must not ignore living in an unprecedented epoch of persecution against Christianity.
Today's murderous attack on Kenyan Christian students is another reminder of how bad things are for so many who identify themselves with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We ought not be naive to think such days won't come upon Christians in this country. Open Doors is a Christian persecution watch group who issues a poignant reminder for all believers:
"1 Corinthians 12:26 tells us that we are one body—when one member suffers, we all suffer. When one member is lifted up, we all rejoice. Persecuted Christians and Christians in the free world are not two separate entities, but rather are one body. The persecuted church needs the free church to support them and most importantly to lift them up in prayer. The church in the free world learns lessons from the persecuted who have stood strong in the face of persecution. Christ is the head of the body and uses the church (both free and persecuted) in unique and powerful ways."