And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. ~ The Book of Acts
Some things stay with you long after you've forgotten everything else. Some things stay with you even though it was not, never was, the main point. The Heavenly Man was like that for me. It's a book that's like reading a modern day version of Acts ~ a book I've never been particularly fond of. *sigh* I know. I should be. I mean it's chock block full of the impossible, the improbable & the fantastic ~ right down my alley you would think, but No. It wearies me.
I read this, oh, maybe 18 months or more ago. And promptly forgot it. It's very forgettable. Except for one thing.
If you haven't read it it's partly the story of China's Home Churches & the persecution of Chinese Christians by their own government; a story that has been repeated over & over again in every nation under the sun. But somewhere in there Brother Yun made this statement [my paraphrase]: Do not pray for the freedom of Christian prisoners; Pray that they have grace to endure.
Coupled with that rather outrageous statement is this one: China sends more missionaries into Muslim nations than any other Christian peoples because these nations cannot do anything to us that our own government has not already done! They understand deeply, realistically, that they could perish for their belief in the Muslim nations. They also understand that whether they live or die they live & die unto the Lord.
It makes us look like wimps in the West, doesn't it? It's like a thorn in my flesh. I do not want to be matryed for my faith ~ but if that should ever be the case I do pray for the grace to endure & to say with Stephen & Christ: Forgive them; they know not what they do.
What do you think?