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Losing Your Home For Christ

Posted in Bangladesh with tags , , , on February 17, 2008 by Mike

A great article on Cross Rhythms tells the story of a Bangladeshi Christian who lost his home to a fire.

He lost his house in a fire at around 8 in the evening of 8th January this year. “The house was burned because we have been worshipping in his house and leading Bible study every week. [So] his house was targeted,” said another Christian who reported the incident.

The article goes on to ponder the question of how those of us who hold Bible studies in our homes would react if this happened to us.

Ashraful is married with two sons and a daughter. He has two cows for his small business and both were lost in the fire.

What would it mean for us to lose our livelihood and be unable to support our family, because of our faith?

Most of us have experienced some isolation for our faith – people think we’re a bit odd. But how many of us experience direct opposition from our neighbours? How many of us actually know our neighbours that well?

At the time of the fire, Ashraful was in another village to attend a worship service. His mother-in-law was present that night, and suffered minor injuries in one hand. His daughter was also inside the house when it went up in flames; it was a miracle that she came out unscathed.

How would we feel if our faith put our loved ones at risk?

Following Christ is not a decision to take lightly. It’s not about making a decision to allow God to solve all of our problems without actually changing the way we live. In John 15:20, Jesus said, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute me also.” And Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “…for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

May God give us strength and faith to live up to these words.

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