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Q:

I was startled to read the other day about Christians who are being persecuted in some countries. Why is this? Christians want to make the world a better place, don't they? So why would anyone want to kill them?


A:

You’re right; Christians do want to make the world a better place—and also point people to the better world God has prepared for us in heaven. You’re also right when you say that it doesn’t seem logical for people to hate and even kill them.

And yet, from the beginning, that’s exactly what happened. Jesus came into the world announcing good news, but His enemies put Him to death. For centuries Christians were often persecuted by the Roman authorities, and since then untold numbers have died for their faith in Jesus. This did not only happen centuries ago. During my lifetime, millions have been persecuted or killed for their faith by hostile authorities.

Why is this? The reason can be summed up in one word: sin. The human race has rebelled against God, and instead of wanting to seek God and live by His truth, we resist God and want to go our own way. Instead of loving God as we should, we hate Him—and we also hate His people. Jesus warned, “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:20).

When we give our lives to Christ, however, our hearts are changed. God Himself comes to live within us, and by His Spirit He gives us a new love—love for God, and love for others. Pray for those who face persecution today (sometimes in subtle ways)—and pray that you will be faithful to Christ no matter what you might face in the future.

Take action today for persecuted Christians.

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48 Comments

  1. Ron Mazzucchi says:

    Thank you Franklin Graham for all that you and BGEA do!

  2. Jo Ann B. Reid says:

    I am so grateful to be able to receive Franklin’s emails and receive information about what is going on through BGEA ministry. Thank you and please continue enabling me to learn the prayer needs.

  3. Dewey Souers says:

    I do not know what to say but I like what Billy and Franklin preach. Keep up the good work!!!!

  4. Kathleen says:

    This is very very necessary and I’m so thankful that Vice President Pence will be speaking. He is a good man! I will be praying and looking forward to the updates. One thing, it’s surprising how many people don’t believe there is persecution against us! Eugene Oregon

  5. Heidi Gunderson says:

    Thank you for bringing this issue to everyone’s attention. Living in my little bubble in the US, I had no idea things were this bad all over the world! I will start praying daily for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thanks for the other action suggestions as well.

  6. Ruth Dupree says:

    We need to be in prayer at all times. I will try to do that.