Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Would I? Could I?

Would I be willing to die for Christ? Could I leave everything I love behind and go into hiding? Those are some of the questions I asked myself when I read about "Diana" - a young Pakistani Christian who is in hiding for her faith in Christ.
A Pakistani teen who embraced Christianity has escaped death at the hands of her family, who unsuccessfully demanded she recant her faith, an international ministry group says. Voice of the Martyrs said the girl, identified only as Diana, now is in hiding for her life. She grew up in a strict Islamic family in Pakistan, the group said, and her life was "typical" until she met a girl named Mary who was a Christian, and Diana decided to embrace the faith.
After her parents found out she converted to Christianity, she was beaten and threatened with death if she didn't convert back to Islam. Miraculously, she escaped and is now in hiding.

There are many people in the world who suffer for Christ. Their stories are inspiring and make me grateful for the religious freedoms here in America. Please keep Diana and others who are persecuted for their faith in your prayers.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 5:10


Blogger thepatriot15 said...

Not long ago I was told by a Muslim how tolerant and accepting Islam is of other religions. I was told it was a "peaceful" religion. However, Diana's story is a common one, and I can easily see how one would choose Christianity over Islam.

We have it so easy over here; it's hard to even imagine dying for one's faith...

August 30, 2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger TheEarthCanBeMoved said...

I thing dieing for Jesus would be easy.
It's the living for Him that I have trouble with.

August 31, 2006 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Bethany said...

theearthcanbemoved, may I add an "amen" to your comment. I totally agree. This living for Him is exactly what Diana is doing in more of an extreme way than any of us have ever experienced. God grant her and us strong faith to continue.

August 31, 2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger Carey said...

I know someone in a similar situation, but he returns again and again to Muslim countries to visit and encourage the Christians in underground churches. He has to leave his wife and kids behind every time -- and every time may be his last. That, I think would be really difficult.

Personally, I think that would be the best way to die -- instead of slowly fizzling out, to go out with a bang.

August 31, 2006 5:20 PM  

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