Coming to Christ: Islamic Death Sentence

As you read this words, people across the Muslim world are coming to Christ.  At the same time many of them know full well that converting to Christianity means committing the capital offense of apostasy against Islamic law. They have basically signed their death certificate.

From that point forward any Muslim has the Sharia-given right to kill them if they do not convert back to Islam.

There are countless stories online of children being disowned by their families and running away from home to avoid honor killing. In many of these situations their family will make up a story that their child has died in an accident in order to avoid the stigma of having a Christian person in their midst, and to actually avoid violence against themselves.

Jesus was well aware of this tragic situation when he walked the Earth two thousand years ago and spoke very clearly about it. He predicted these things will occur:

 “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”” Luke 12:51-53

All this because of faith in Him.

In the last month I have been made aware of online videos with our brothers in Christ being beheaded in Syria because they are Christian. I have seen church bombings and thousands of Christians killed in Egypt and other African and Asian countries because of Christ.

As you read this, our brothers and sisters are dying for their faith in Christ.

Suffering for faith in Christ to the point of martyrdom is a special way to glorify God.  Apostle Peter considers such suffering as a gracious thing.  It is a special kind of grace that some have been given the opportunity to suffer for Christ:

“…when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:20-21

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” 1 Peter 4:16

Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” 1 Peter 4:19

To suffer for the glory of God. Such is the fate of Christians in Asia and Africa.

Keep them in prayer so they will be unwavering in their faith.

Pray for Christians in Egypt Facing Jihad

Egypt is the country which provided sanctuary for our Lord Jesus during His early life on Earth.  Egypt was also a Christian country for centuries before Islam took over, and the remnant of those Christians are called Coptic Christians today, a variation of Eastern Orthodox believers.

It is extremely dangerous to be a Christian today in Egypt.  The same goes for many countries in the region where the Arab Spring has swept or attempting to sweep through.  The result of the US backed revolt in Egypt had disastrous consequences in Egypt.  A counter-revolt by the more secular Army has put the country in a power struggle and the Christians are the ones suffering the most.

Unable to resist the Army, the Muslim Brotherhood and their Islamic affiliates are lashing out at Christians simply for the fact that they are Christian, and they have PUBLICLY announced this.  Innocent Christians are slaughtered for their faith and their churches are destroyed without shame.

Delight in Truth readers, please realize that when someone converts to faith in Jesus in that region of the world, it is essentially a death sentence.   It is difficult for us to understand that level of persecution because we have not seen it the western world.  I remember the words in the Hebrews 12:3-4

“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. “

Christians in Egypt not only have to fight everyday battles against sin and walk the straight ‘n narrow, but they have to resist to the point of shedding their blood.

As we go to sleep in our comfortable houses, go to our nice jobs and sit in our cushy pews, we need to remember to bring these martyrs and their families before God.   We need to pray for wisdom to be given to our government to no longer support the Brotherhood and elements who love to do violence against believers.

When we go to church on Sunday we worship in peace without having to worry that the place will blow up.  Not in Egypt.  Not in the place that was once a cradle for the Son of God.