Hyeon Soo Lim, center, who pastors the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. North Korea’s Supreme Court sentenced a Canadian pastor to life in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for what it called crimes against the state. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
While I was reading this article, I came to this sentence: “Merely leaving a Bible in a public place can lead to arrest and severe punishment.”
What do you suppose they are afraid of?
What about the things we see right here in our own country? Why do people fear, or hate, the word “Christmas? Why do they fear, or hate, the sight of a Nativity scene or the words, “In God we trust”? Are we heading for the same thing they are doing in Korea? Are we going to be arrested for quoting Scripture or leaving a Bible in a public place?
I know what it is they fear and so do you. They fear the truth. Like the line from the movie, “You can’t handle the truth.” They can’t handle the truth.
Jesus says “I am the truth” and He also says that we, His followers, will face persecution. Is that where we are heading here in the USA? Are Christians going to be persecuted for telling the truth? Are you a Christian? Are you ready to face this type of persecution? Are you willing to give your life for Christ? He gave His life for you.
These are serious questions that we need to face. This is truth and we need to decide if we can handle the truth. I continue to hope and pray that God will intervene and that these things will not occur on my watch but God’s word tells us that they will happen. We just don’t know when.
And there is only one way to prepare for it. We need to stay in the word of God. We need to continue following Christ Jesus as He commands in Holy Scripture. We need to walk in truth and love and mercy. We need to allow the Holy Spirit, which we, the believers, have in us, to control us; to fill us with the fruits of the Spirit as in Galatians 5:22
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Second Timothy 1:7 tells us that “God does not give us the Spirit of fear.” The children of God do not live in fear. Those who live in fear are not children of God; they are children of the devil. That is why these people fear all things of God. They KNOW the truth but they refuse to believe the truth. They are controlled by the devil and they live in fear of the truth.
Oh Lord, my God, help us, your children, to live according to Your words. Fill us with Your Spirit and teach us how to live in the fruits of the Spirit. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Give us the strength we will need to face any and all persecution. It’s in the Name of Jesus Christ that I voice this prayer. To God be the glory. Amen