Honor Christian Martyrs on June 29th

Our Christian brothers and sisters are in jail for the Gospel. Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

The day begins with panic. I’ve overslept. “I know I set my alarm…now I won’t be able to take a shower… or eat breakfast!” I blast out the door and get in the car only to remember the air conditioning doesn’t work and it’s hot, very hot. Beads of sweat drip from my brow and pits stains have already formed under my arms. I open the windows for fresh air as I drive 70 m.p.h. down the highway. Instead, more hot air blasts my face, adding insult to injury and rendering the work of my comb useless. I arrive at work disheveled and agitated.

This kind of morning is typically enough to warrant a pout session in my life. I open my emails to see what else could ruin my day and click on one from The Voice of the Martyrs. What I read practically slaps me in the face and screams, “Snap out of it, you cream puff!”

VOM reports on the suffering church around the world. Affliction after affliction is detailed – Christians risking their lives or imprisonment simply to get their hands on a Bible. In 2017, research by Barna showed 87% of American homes possessed a Bible and only half of them used it. Here in the States God’s Holy Word is shamefully neglected and unappreciated.

Christians in America are excited to talk about the love of Jesus that led Him to the cross as the atonement for our sin, but there’s an application of this truth we’ve forgotten: We should also be willing to die to promote the name of Jesus.

VOM reminds Christians of this brutal reality. On June 29th I encourage you to join VOM by taking time to consider the tremendous cost your Christian brothers and sisters are paying around the world to advance the Gospel of Jesus.

Matthew 24:9 (ESV)

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.