Let The Church Arise

Nothing should be more disturbing to believers today than the current persecution of fellow Christians by radical Muslims. Without regard to human life, ISIS and Boko Haram kill scores and even hundreds of Christians. In response to these increasing incidents of persecution and killing of believers, it is time for the Church to arise.

Now, first let's commend those believers who have NOT renounced their faith while facing persecution and death because of their identity as Christians. That is the Church in microcosm arising with bravery. However, we do NOT celebrate the unjust taking of their lives. In response the whole Church must arise to call forth the justice of Christ in this challenge to our identity. For those who persecute believers are also persecuting Christ.

So, let us arise in our justice prayers in the same manner that the early Church did when facing the persecution of the Sanhedrin. With one voice let us agree for the Lord Jesus to execute his justice as he sees fit and for us to be bold and courageous. It is a prayer like unto the following found in Acts 4:24-30:

“Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’ — for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus” (Italics/bold mine).

So, while there is clamor among some in world for the means of war machines to solve the threat of this continuing persecution and oppression, I believe the Church is being called to arise in a manner besides this. We have been given the means of prayer by which we may agree with the Lord of heaven and earth to resolve this situation. Through the prayers of the early Church, such enemies were either converted or were eventually taken out of play by similar means of power wanting like power over them (those who live by sword will perish by the sword). It took many years (40) to overcome the persecution of the Sanhedrin. However, it eventually came to an end and the Sanhedrin no longer exists to persecute the Church. I believe if the Church prayed in the same manner today, then indeed our enemies would either be converted or eliminated by the same means by others like them. What we need to do is agree that the Lord is the avenger of his people, and the first judgment offered is forgiveness towards initiation into the Kingdom of God. (Just ask The Apostle Paul how that works.) This way, we will see again that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church. What they are trying to kill (that is, the Church), they will only cause to grow and empower under the rule and reign of Christ our Lord.

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Devon A. Rolle wrote:
Very nicely expressed. May ambushments be set up in the camps of the enemies of our God and His as in the days of Jehoshaphat in II Chronicles 20. Supernatural strength, favor and deliverance to our brothers and sisters in the east.

Fri, April 24, 2015 @ 4:50 PM

2. John Moses wrote:
An injury to one is an injury to all. Although we may not be directly suffering like our brothers in other parts of the world where the freedoms we enjoy to worship God and propagate the gospel simply do not exist, we should ask the Holy Spirit to help us feel something of their trauma. Unless we are moved by compassion like Jesus was, our prayers will be empty and mere rhetoric. When we start to feel something for our brothers in the persecuted church, our justice prayers of the Kingdom will be weightier and effective. We are united in the Spirit so let's keep up the intercession for the global church.

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