I am burdened yet determined. I walked with my son this week. He is still young in my eyes and in the eyes of our society, yet he is on the precipice of manhood. Other times and cultures would consider him much closer than we do today. He is a deep thinker, and I took the opportunity to discuss the times. I shared with him the state of America is not the litmus test of our last days, but the condition of Israel is what tells us Jesus coming is near. I spoke of our Christian brethren in the Middle East suffering severe persecution and explained what a martyr is. I reminded him some of those events have touched the United States. Our borders are so open I informed him. Evil crosses often. I went on to tell him of Erwin Lutzer’s conversation with an expert in Sharia Law and how that expert challenged Lutzer that his purpose was to prepare the next generation to be martyrs. I informed my son we must be prepared to stand firm in our faith and not be the cowards described in Revelation 21:8.
It is so hard to lay such truths on my sons, but history has shown us Satan shows no mercy to any human regardless of age or race or mental capacity. Those entering a raging battle need armor and intel. God’s Word is both. My job as a parent is to prepare my children for eternity. That weight is enormous at this point in my life. I rely solely on my God and His word.
Below is a story shared on the Facebook site of 8thirty8 (see Romans 8:38-39). They encourage the world to pray for the persecuted saints. May this story inspire Christian parents to focus on the most important aspect of our “charges” lives. God placed them in our hands, and we will give account for what we have done with the “talents” he has entrusted us with.
Ramadan, Day 10:
“I’m going to tell you one true story of the hundreds of stories about the heroes of faith in my country of Syria:
Muslim militants entered a region near Damascus and they started killing all non-Muslim youth. There was a Christian family that had a young man named George, just 18 years old. The family realized he would be killed. During this time, their Muslim neighbor came to them, she was a good woman, and said to George’s mother, “Let your son be between my children and I will say that he is my son and we will call him Khalid and when the Muslims ask him he must answer, ‘I am a Muslim, I am not a Christian.’ That will keep his life from death.”
George’s mother told George what the woman said, and he replied, “We have learned from our Lord Jesus Christ that, ‘he who denies me before men shall be denied before my Father in heaven and the angels.’ My mom, I would rather die as a Christian and my name is George then have to live a lie. I cannot hide my faith and fear of his announcement.”
George refused to change his name to the name of a Muslim to protect his life and preferred to die with Christ then live for denying his faith and his Master.
When George’s mother told us this story, she was crying. She said, “al-Nusra of entered our home and took my son from my hands and killed him in the street. I could not even hug his dead body to my chest because of the strong fighting. After this, they expelled us out of the area. On this day, George went to his Jesus.”
George’s mother spoke about her son with pain, but also spoke proudly that her son died a hero in his faith. Please, in Jesus’ name, I ask you to pray for George’s mother and his family and for all who have heard and witnessed his death for Jesus. May the Lord send a private condolence to their hearts!”- Amir (Syria)