Catching up with the Global Church
Some claim persecution purifies the church. Should western Christians pray for persecution?
Paul suggested that we pray for a peaceable government. I don't think we need to pray for persecution. We already have it in Britain. Many are losing their jobs because they wear crosses around their necks or speak as a professional about their faith in Christ. You can go to prison for speaking openly against homosexuality in Parliament. Pressure is put on Christians, and we're being mocked. As a result, many people in Britain are afraid to share their faith. Whether we like it or not, persecution is with us, and it's likely to increase. We thought persecution would decline with the fall of Communism, but it has increased in many parts of the world.
How can we help the global church?
We need to work together with other members of Christ's body. By 2050, one-third of the European population will be non-indigenous. And the figure will most likely be higher in North America. We need multicultural teams that work with multicultural churches.
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