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Why Should U.S. Christians Care About Global Persecution?

November 16, 2017 by Brian in

Why should we care about Christians who suffer for their faith in places like Nigeria, Vietnam, Syria or North Korea?

I mean, don’t we have enough problems here at home in the U.S. that need our attention?

It’s a question we hear every so often. And it’s an important one to answer—one with deep implications for our faith. But let me say this, first. At Open Doors, we care about the issues and problems here in the U.S. too. We’re not asking you to choose one or the other.

In fact, we hope you choose both.

We hope that wherever God has placed you, you will care for the needs of your community, your neighbors and our nation … but we also hope you’ll see the incredible opportunity to connect with your persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world.

Why is this connection so important? 

ONE BODY IN JESUS

As Christians, we’re part of one Body. This Body expands well beyond our local borders and covers the entire world. Together, we are the largest expression of the Son of God on earth.

But the church has an enemy. We have an enemy. Satan desires to wipe out any and every image-bearer of God in our world today. When Christians are attacked, ostracized, falsely accused, imprisoned—and even killed—it’s because of the name of Jesus.

Ma Thay, a Christian mother in Asia who was ostracized by her Buddhist family, is our sister. Bulus, a pastor who left his Muslim background to follow Jesus in Nigeria—and now sits in a prison because of his faith—is our brother. Noeh and his family who are returning to their home in Iraq to rebuild—are our family, too.

THE CALL FOR UNITY

When Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17, He asked that we would all be ONE in Him. The call for unity is a call that’s dear to the heart of God.

In 1 Corinthians 12:26, the Apostle Paul writes that “when one part suffers, all suffer together. When one part rejoices, all the parts rejoice together.”

In other words, what happens to believers in Nigeria or North Korea—is happening to the entire church. When we see this, we begin to see the power of Jesus’ prayer in John 17.

We are called to suffer alongside one another and rejoice alongside one another. But we can’t do this until we know them as family and connect our stories.

And that’s what Open Doors is passionate about and uniquely equipped to do. We want to connect you to your persecuted family around the world.

As believers, we can’t afford to look the other way when the Church is suffering. Instead, we’re compelled to connect, pray, support and stand as ONE in the midst of persecution.

In doing this, we help fulfill the prayer of Jesus and strengthen His Church worldwide.

Because as long as we have breath in our lungs, we have a God-sized job to do here on earth…

TOGETHER ON MISSION

Our founder, Brother Andrew, often said, “Our very mission is called Open Doors because we believe that any door is open, anytime and anywhere to proclaim Christ” (Rev. 3:8).

By standing with persecuted believers, we’re partnering in the expansion of the gospel in a way we could never do on our own—or even through a traditional mission organization. In dangerous regions around the world, God uses the persecuted church to drive the gospel forward.

At Open Doors, we are on-the-ground and present with the persecuted church in more than 60 countries. We work with local churches and ministry leaders to make sure your support has the greatest Kingdom impact possible.

And let us say something with transparency: We would love for you to join us on this journey, but more than anything, we pray that you’ll partner with the persecuted church through any and every means possible.

Because by connecting with their stories, we’re a part of a much bigger mission. One that’s moving forward through the power of Christ—until people in every corner of the world are free to worship Jesus.

Want to learn more about Christian persecution? Visit The Ripple Effect Series, a free six-week study on understanding, connecting and engaging with the persecuted church. We created this series with you in mind. 

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