This topic really interests me. Yes. Persecution. Not because I’m morbid or sadistic but because I really want to be prepared to stand up for Jesus no matter the cost. Also, because I want to understand what it is that gives Christians in other countries to not only withstand the abuse and torture… but to go back for more!
So when I saw this book I picked it up.
I liked how the authors, Dr. Carl A. Moeller and David W. Hegg, really put our wealth, our culture, our independence in a proper perspective. Much of what we call blessing is actually pulling us away from God. As a matter of fact, the things they wrote challenged me to ask the question: Is this material good I have received a blessing from God to do His work more effectively or is it a trap of the enemy to pull me away from my treasure in heaven? Sometimes I believe we give God credit for Satan’s work.
I also really appreciated the stories told of how Christianity is growing wherever there is persecution. This book helped infuse me with the truth that persecution is not to be feared, but rather to be seen as a refining process. Persecution is a privilege that refines us to be more pure and holy, more fully devoted to Jesus is a good thing.
One of the things I struggled with in the book was the tendency of the authors to speak in broad strokes and stereotypes. There seemed to be a glorification of the poor, the needy, the destitute who love God because they have no other option. And a ‘shame on you’ finger wagging at those who were born into wealthier nations and who have been blessed by God (truly blessed) with material goods.
All in all I think this book is fabulous at making me rethink what I have, what I do with what I have and if I am ready for that ‘Privilege’.
|The Privilege of Persecution: And Other Things the Global Church Knows That We Don’t
Carla Anne Coroy