In April of 2007, three Christian men in Turkey were brutally murdered at the Zirve Christian Publishing House, where they worked. Currently five men between the ages of 19 and 20 have been charged in the attack. But, Religion News Blog reports that Christians in Turkey are worried that the prejudices against Christian in Turkey will keep justice from being served.
Christians in Turkey are praying for this situation to be resolved in a positive manner, and for the treatment of Christians in their country to improve. They are also praying for the salvation of the five men charged with this crime. As part of the body of Christ, we should be praying in agreement with our Turkish brothers and sisters.
Those of us who live out our faith in the United States are fortunate to be able to worship our Lord freely, without fear of this kind of persecution. Though Christianity often appears to be under attack in America, the persecution we face is nothing compared to what other Christians face around the world. Many Christians in other countries face the very real possibility of dying for what they believe.
Paul says in Philippians 1:21, “For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” I am sure this Scripture must take on a new meaning when dying for your faith is a reality.
Thank you Lord for the freedoms we have! But if those freedoms should disappear, may we not be afraid to boldly claim Christ. Let’s be diligent in praying for our own strength, and for the strength of our brothers and sisters in Turkey and around the world.