The Privilege of Persecution
How many times has someone described a book to you as a “must-read?” Lots, right? I hate to be unoriginal here, but The Privilege of Persecution by Dr. Carl Moeller and David W. Hegg is truly a must-read for every Christian. Truly. MUST. READ. I talk about this book in this post about the American Dream and how the pursuit of that dream has perverted the gospel in America. Moeller and Hegg help us understand that the vast majority of the body of Christ lives in countries that are less than friendly to the gospel of Jesus Christ. And yet, the gospel is not only surviving in those difficult places, but it is thriving.
Those of us who are members of the Body and live in free, non-oppressive nations have so many lessons to learn from the persecuted church. The Privilege of Persecution is a study in what Paul really meant when he wrote to his son-in-the-faith Timothy: “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (2 Timothy 3:12) The daily reality of those suffering for their faith is pain, fear, loneliness, isolation, and anxiety. However, in the midst of their adversity, they have unwavering faith, steadfast trust, and abiding love for the Savior who Himself “learned obedience from the things which He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8) They can teach us so much.
The Privilege of Persecution also helps us know how to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. And that’s all they really ask of us. To remember them. To think about them. To not forget them. To just know about them.
I encourage you to acquire a copy of this book as quickly as you can and read it. But don’t stop there. Get in involved! There are many things you can do to advocate for persecuted Christians. You can pray. Go here to sign up for the 5 Minute Challenge and pray for a specific country once a week. You can become a Bridgebuilder. Go here to find out how. You can write letters to persecuted Christians, send Bibles, blog, and a host of other things. Go here to find more information on ways you can take action. The important thing is to just do something.