I feel the people in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India are facing lot of persecution these days. I can remember that maximum reports are coming from there. I posted a blog with a video link few days ago and it was about a pastor being beaten in AP.
Now some of the latest news from AP and other places :-
Indian Hindu Militants Burn Down Church, Attack Pastors
India: Pastor Tied, Beaten with Wooden Clubs
India: Young Pastor Found Dead in Andhra Pradesh
India: Dubious ‘Reconversion’ Movement Expands
India Militants Massively Attack Bible College; Christians Injured
I am sure that these reports are not the only reports. But this will help us all to understand the situation prevailing in India now.
One thing is sure-Persecution has increased and people are facing more problems now.
But persecution against God’s children did not start yesterday. 1st century church had to go through lot of problems. But in mist of it they saw the glory of God. If we read Acts of Apostles then we see that its a story of church growing in mist of persecution. When persecution started in Jerusalem and people were scattered- we see the church starting in many new places like Antioch.
I would like to put here what Gamaliel said in Acts 5:34-39-
But a Pharisee named Gamaliel,a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men.”For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.”After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered.”So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
I want to again repeat the last part:-
“I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
Only time will prove what is truth. For more than 2000 years it stood still. Many kings and rulers rose to wipe out Christianity and Bible from the world. But it has only grown.
All these reports may bring sorrow to us because the people who are doing all this “do not realize what they are doing”.
Lets pray for all the people who are burning down and killing innocent people. May God have mercy on them and open their hearts to see the truth in the way they ought to see.
May God Bless all the people who are involved in persecution!