This post was started almost a year ago when the US troops were pulled out of Afghanistan in 2021. I was visiting a friend in Florida when this occurred and my heart was deeply touched by the reports of persecution. Today there are other places in the world where people are suffering. There have always been times and places where people suffer. There are more than I can easily identify and know about. I learn from ministries that I follow just how bad the persecution of Christians is around the world. I pray for my brothers and sisters, my heart aches for them, but I know that they have a special place in eternity. They overcome by the blood of Jesus and by the word of their testimony. So without further ado, here is last years observation. Still salient today.
Today I watched a video by an Afghani minister about the loss of twenty years of progress in Afghanistan in just one day as the Taliban has taken over the country. It broke my heart and I’m still in tears. I began praying for Gods people there and for those that will be reached through the brave Christians who are staying to continue trying reach the lost in their native land.
These evil men are taking girls over the age of 12, and for the married women they are killing their husbands and taking the women and using them as sex slaves. The evil that has taken over that country is beyond anything we in our soft cushy lives can imagine. It overpowers the things we are facing here so much as to make our problems trivial.
People are fleeing to the mountains to escape the atrocities being perpetrated on the population. But these people need resources to sustain life; food, water, medical supplies to name the most critical.
What is happening is much more than just terrorist taking over a country. It is intense spiritual warfare. The enemy of humanity has taken over and these thugs are his instrument in the flesh. But as the apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians, we do not battle with flesh and blood but with rulers, powers, principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places. He admonished the Ephesians to clothe themselves with the full armor of God, because this is truly a spiritual war. I’m sure the ministers in that country are fully aware of the armor they need to put on and keep on at all times. The enemy does not rest and Gods people cannot rest from the battle either.
I believe that in the past I’ve written about the armor of God. As a reminder:
“Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:13-17 – RSV
For those of us who do not know what this kind of persecution is like we need to be in prayer for our brothers and sisters who are living in this battleground. My prayer is for them to be strengthened in faith to persevere during these dark evil days until the day they meet their Saviour face to face.
That is the end of what I wrote a year ago.
Be vigilant in prayer for the persecuted Christians, and other groups such as Falun Gong in China, because of their faith. Pray for the gospel of Jesus to spread throughout all the nations, peoples, language groups of the world. For all of us the only hope of salvation is Jesus. Only when all peoples and language groups have been reached will our Lord and Savior return. Its our job to reach all the people of the world, so the sooner we reach all the people groups, the sooner our Lord will return. Pray without ceasing.
Blessings and prayers,