For the 12th consecutive year, North Korea is where Christian persecution is the most extreme. It is estimated 100,000 believers worship the Lord secretly out of a total population of 25 million people. If government authorities catch believers praying, saying the name of Jesus, owning a Bible, or assembling together, they are immediately subject to being executed or thrown into concentration camps.
Right now, 50-70,000 Christians are imprisoned in North Korean concentration camps. These believers are raped, beaten, murdered, starved, and used as slave labor in these horrendous places. The prisoners survive on rice husks, grass, tree bark, bugs, rats, mice, or whatever they can find to eat. Thousands starve and freeze to death each year.
Let’s put on our thinking caps for a moment.
How many types of divisions do you think there are in the Body of Christ in North Korea? Is there a Pentecostal/Charismatic division for those who practice the gifts? Is there a baptism division for those who dunk new believers rather than use sprinkling? Or a King James Bible division? Or a woman pastor/leader division? Or whatever?
No, of course not. You see, there are no divisions in the midst of such extreme cruelty against fellow Christians. The only division is between believers and unbelievers. Period.
Okay, what does this mean for us American believers?
“that they [believers] all may be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21)
I guarantee the above prayer by Jesus will be fulfilled so that we believers here in America will be unified and without division. We aren’t there yet, but we will be sometime in the future.
Now, will it take extreme persecution for us American believers to finally be unified? Or can we voluntarily lay our divisions down ahead of time? It will be one or the other.
So, here’s my prayer for America today:
Lord, I pray that we American believers learn how to walk in a manner worthy of You, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Based on Ephesians 4:2-3)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
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