May 17, 2007

Putting Your Eggs In The Wrong Basket

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.

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