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Question: How can we Help the Persecuted Church?
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Acts 19:35-41
35 And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?
36 “Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly.
37 “For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess.
38 “Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another.
39 “But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly.
40 “For we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.”
41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.
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In summary, the city clerk quiets the crowd. First, he tells them what they want to hear about their religion. Second, he tells of Paul and his companions’ innocence of breaking any laws. Third, he encourages them to take their complaints peacefully to the courts and officials. Last, he mentions that this city is accountable to Rome for the uproar.

What can we do to help the persecuted church?

This time Paul and his companions are not hurt. God protected Paul through his friends not allowing him to go to the theater while the mob was there. God protected Paul’s co-workers by using the city clerk to quiet the crowd. The city clerk caught my attention. His actions made me think about the government’s role in persecution. What caught my attention was the last sentence of the clerk’s speech.

40 “For we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.”

The clerk was motivated to keep the peace because of Ephesus’ accountability to Rome. I think this provides us one answer on how to help the persecuted church? That is, we need to appeal to our government. Voice of the Martyrs and Persecution.org are two organizations which are dedicated to the persecuted church. They also encourage us to write letters to government officials.

I live in the USA. The idea is to write or email my local Representative who in turn puts pressure on the governments that have poor religious freedom laws, then the officials in those governments put pressure on the lower ranking officials to keep the peace like the clerk in this passage.

Voice of the Martyrs and Persecution.org also encourage that we directly confront those governments by writing them letters telling them what is happening within their borders. They even provide contact info and addresses of who to contact.

Please visit the websites for these two organizations. You can learn the many other ways they are helping the persecuted church. Below is a list of other ideas:
write to prisoners, pray, be aware, inform others, provide Bibles and provide physical necessities, such as blankets and food.

How can we pray?

Let us pray to our Father for the persecuted church. Let’s pray that God will bring into leadership peaceful government officials like the clerk in this passage.

Yesterday, I listened to a VOM podcast. The podcast said the thing that the persecuted believers prayed for was not that they would avoid suffering, but that they would stand faithful and not deny Jesus Christ through the trial. Therefore, let us also pray with them that they will maintain faithfulness to The Lord.

We may never suffer persecution, but we will all suffer in some way. I pray that we will also be faithful to The Lord.

Please visit…

Voice of the Martyrs
http://www.persecution.com
And
http://www.persecution.org

Both organizations also have Twitter and FB pages.

God bless. Bob

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