Yesterday evening (Thursday 23rd 2010) Dougie Mark came to Rathcoole Presbyterian Church to tell about the work of Open Doors. They support persecuted Christians worldwide in a variety of ways and do an excellent job.
As he told some of the stories of the persecution of Christians it became clear that these people are hated. Hated by their Governments, police, the army, school teachers and in some cases even their families. They are not hated because they are from the west or because of military campaigns or land disputes or anything like that. They are hated because they follow Christ; but they won't turn away, they won't deny their faith.
Jesus said, 'If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.' John 15:18
They know that Christ suffered first. He knows what it is like to be persecuted and His love will carry them on . They believe this love is worth going through all the horrors they are facing and as much as they are hated by the world they are loved a thousand times more by Jesus. What a challenge to me this is, how pathetic my fears of standing up for Christ in this country and what a testament to the immense love of Jesus.