So here's the story from Fox News of Pakistani Christians facing the threat of bombings and martyrdom if they don't convert to Islam.
The part of the article that I was most struck by was this paragraph:
"Police say someone is joking with us by writing these letters," Chaudhry Salim, a Charsadda Christian leader, said during a news conference in Islamabad. "They have deployed only two policemen at our churches ... this is the kind of security we are getting now."
I know that the Lord watches over them, and more than anything I pray that God comfort them as they face the trial. Mr. Salim, you have more security than you could ever imagine. You have a faithful Creator who sees and ordains everything. Do not rely on police, when you have the God of the Universe in control. I couldn't help but think of this passage of Scripture:
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1Pe 4:13
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1Pe 4:14
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory[fn2] and of God rests upon you. 1Pe4:15
But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 1Pe 4:16
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 1Pe 4:17
For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1Pe 4:18
And “If the righteous is scarcely saved,what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[fn3]1Pe 4:19
Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.