The American church as a whole seems to be fairly ignorant about the state of the global church. It would be wise for all of us to take some time to learn about what is going on with the global church…especially those who are persecuted.
Why is it important for the American church to be familiar with the plight of the global church?
1 – The church is united in Christ. We should take the time to pray and interceded on behalf of our brothers and sisters who are suffering greatly on behalf of our Lord.
2 – We can learn many lessons from those who are actually suffering. While reading Secret Believers, I was confronted with my own dedication to Christ. Would my commitment to Christ actually lead me to suffer a great deal for Him? Give my life for Him? Such introspection is healthy.
In the first half of this book, Brother Andrew writes a biography, highlighting the lives of Muslim converts to Christianity and telling how believers are suffering greatly for Christ. It was challenging to read how much these believers are willing to sacrifice to Christ and yet encouraging to hear first-hand accounts of how powerfully God is moving in Muslim countries.
In the second part of this book, Brother Andrew issues challenges to the western church. After reading about the situation for believers in the Middle East, how should other Christians respond? Brother Andrew offers practical advice on how western believers can be an encouragement to the global church.
Verdict: Read the book; it provides an excellent look into what God is doing across the globe. Be prepared to be convicted.
~ Melinda ~