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“Yesterday I share some of Nik Ripken’s writing from The Insanity of God, where he suggested that Satan’s strategy is really simple: it’s to keep people from finding out about Jesus. Today, another rather intriguing concept:
“Once we understand the nature of this spiritual battle and the strategy of the Enemy (Galen: to keep people from telling others about Jesus), we see clearly the role that believers have been called to play. We also see the importance of our choices regarding witness and faithful ness and obedience.
“…Those who number themselves among the followers of Jesus – but don’t witness for Him – are actually siding with the Taliban, the brutal regime that rules North Korea, the secret police in Communist China, the Somalilands and Saudi Arabias of the world. Believers who do not share their faith aid and abet Satan’s ultimate goal of denying others access to Jesus. Our silence makes us accomplices.
“When Ruth and I speak and teach and share with western churches, we are often asked if we believe that persecution is coming to America.
“My response is often rather pointed. I say, quite sincerely, ‘Why would Satan want to wake us up when he has already shut us up?” Why would Satan bother with us when we are already accomplishing his goal? He will likely conclude that it is better to let us sleep.
“Our problem is not simply a lack of concern. And our problem is not that we are unaware or disinterested. We know what is happening around the world. Certainly, in light of what we have encountered in this book, we know about sacrifices that are made for the faith. We know more about the health and the whereabouts of other members of the body of Christ today than at any other time in history.
“It’s not enough to feel grateful for the blessed circumstances in which we live. It’s not even enough to do a better job remembering and praying for the suffering believers around the world. It’s not even enough to identify with the other parts of Christ’s Body around the world.
“Ultimately, the problem is one of emphasis and focus. Instead of recognizing, thinking about, remembering, praying about, identifying with and focusing on the suffering of fellow believers around the world, we would do well to shift our focus. Quite simply, we would do well to ask ourselves whether or not we are being obedient to Jesus. He is asking us – He is expecting us – He is commanding us to share Him wherever we go. He is commanding us to do that wherever we are today.
“It is simply a matter of obedience. If He is our Lord, then we will obey Him. If we do not obey Him, then He is not our Lord.
“Perhaps the question should not be: “Why are others persecuted?” Perhaps the better question is: “Why are we not?”
PRAYER: Lord, I don’t like to think of myself as an accomplice to those who actively wage war against your kingdom. Let us think hard on this message and reveal to us the truth about why we are not persecuted. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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