I really like this article by an ethnic-Turkish Christian over at Christianity Today. I have met so many ‘new’ Christians over the years and sometimes they really do have miraculous stories to tell, but mostly they feel like normal Christians and would like to be treated that way. The author inserts a dose of realism with these words:
More Christians are killed than are saved from execution at the last minute. More Christians stay locked in prison, beaten and tortured, than are able to walk free, guided by miraculous escape plans. More Christians suffer lifelong deprivation of their most basic civic and economic rights. More converts from Islam give up their faith than stay Christians, and those who remain in the church struggle with lifelong battles with shame, depression, and isolation, caused by the loss of ties to their families, communities, and nations.
Above all, for the average persecuted Christian, there are unanswered prayers and the absence of peace, strength, courage, and joy. Their humanness in a very earthly plot line finds no place in our modern-day obsession with heroic stories with victorious resolutions.
Read the rest of article HERE.