Like many others,I’ve been following the unparalleled carnage taking place as a result of the Syrian civil war. In one of the bloodiest and most horrific civil wars in modern history,the world has been witness to the unspeakable carnage of a demonic dictator bent on murdering his own citizens.
Sadly,now that the fighting is for all intents and purposes over, the major world powers and the Church have chosen to remain relatively silent about the plight of those unfortunate enough to be trapped in and around the battle zone of Aleppo.
According to the United Nations and the World Health Organization,over 700,000 people are trapped in these areas around Syria.Trying to imagine the magnitude of suffering for these people is all but impossible. A catastrophe of the highest level is playing out before the eyes of the world.
But wait, it gets worse I’m afraid.
Want to hear the real shocker in all of this? Of these 700,000, it is estimated that 300,000 are children.That’s right,nearly half are children!
As incredible as it sounds however,in the midst of so much human suffering,the Holy Spirit is hard at work drawing thousands to Christ.
Even though thousands of Christians have been martyred for refusing to renounce their faith,God is still adding to His church daily,just as He has been doing since the birth of the Church.
Many Christians have refused to leave this war ravaged area,preferring instead to stay behind to help others and to witness to the many thousands who have no hope. Out of this latter group are coming thousands of Muslims who are looking for help in coping with the effects of war. And finding Jesus!
Praise God that the Christians in that area who have chosen to stay behind are witnessing to them,praying with them,and leading many to Christ.These are “book of Acts” Christians,showing them love and compassion.
This is nothing short of the handwork of God! To a war torn people who have lost everything,the Holy Spirit is reaching out to them to reassure them that hope is not lost after all.
Indeed,having lost all their worldly possessions,these people are finding a new treasure in Jesus Christ! How incredible is this! On the one hand they lost everything,yet on the other hand they have now gained Everything!
This is revival God’s way! No speeches,no programs,no celebrity preachers,just God doing what He loves to do;using His people to express His love to those so desperate for it. I find all of this amazing!
We serve a wondrous and mighty God,and from this war torn corner of the planet He is moving.He is saving the lost and offering hope to the hopeless.Souls who had been enslaved by a religion that cannot save are now enjoying new found freedoms in Christ!
Could it be that these Christians have tapped into something that we in N.America do not understand? Think about the current state of Evangelicalism in N.America, with our great churches and cathedrals boasting of members numbering in the tens of thousands,our huge bank accounts,programs for every member of the family,weekly agendas and calendars full of religious activities.
Lot’s of activities to be sure. But no fruit.
I would not trade all of that for the loving,caring examples of Jesus in action in war torn Syria! We in N.America have perfected the art of doing church,while those in Syria are perfecting the art of BEING the Church!
This is why N.America can never have real revival! We aren’t BEING the Church! Oh sure,we plan the annual spring and fall revival meetings.But what results can we show from these meetings? Are lives changed? Have hearts been regenerated? Do we leave our meetings with a renewal of our first love? Not often,but we sure do know how to do church though,don’t we?
I say away with these man made,powerless gatherings of like minded men who want nothing more than to promote their own agenda.There is no deliverance to be found in these committees who exist solely for the purpose of self preservation.God may be on their billboard,but He is nowhere to be found among the haughty,proud,and arrogant.
We in N.America are desperate for real revival.Revival that stirs our hearts to repentance.Revival that permeates our communities,not just the confines of the local sanctuary.We need the kind of revival born out of the war torn hell of Aleppo.
This is life changing revival.This is soul winning revival! It’s desperation that brings real,true,revival!
My prayer for N.America is that we will not have to experience the ravages of war,death,and the destruction of all we hold dear in order to experience the kind of revival we need.That is my heartfelt prayer.
My fear,however,is that N.America will have to be shaken to it’s core before we return to God.Perhaps we are nearer to such a shaking than we realize? After all,only God can make N.America great again.
I have included a few links to information regarding the persecution of Christians in Syria,as well as persecution in general.I trust these will be of benefit to those hungry to know what is taking place in the world regarding the persecution of our Brothers and Sisters.