Well, I’m happy to say that my car window is fixed as of this afternoon. It was a pain in the butt to pay for a new window that was smashed by some crazy wacko of a burglar, but I looked on the bright side and considered that only an iPod was stolen and it was only one window smashed. It could have been a lot worse, but thankfully, I got my car fixed today when the people who fix car windows weren’t busy. I pray that the thief never returns and does this again not only to my car, but to all the others that he smashed in the underground parking lot.
Apart from that dramarama I had this morning/afternoon, I want to post two videos to inspire you today. The first video was sent to me by my mum via WhatsApp. It’s a sermon from an American Pastor called Wayne Cordeiro from New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii who went to China and preached a sermon there. Having lived in China myself for a number of years, I know how the underground church has been suppressed by the State for its religious freedoms to practice Christianity openly.
When I lived with my Grandparents in China, they would often help to supply Bibles to the underground Church that were supplied by their Australian connections, and would also offer to provide the Church with Christian paraphernalia that wasn’t easy to come by in a country that doesn’t embrace Christianity openly. I am often reminded of how we take our religious freedoms here in North America for granted in that while other nations experience suppression of their rights to exercise their faith openly, we have hundreds if not thousands of Churches in North America, and yet the issue we face is trying to maintain numbers of Believers to stay in the Church. If only North Americans knew how the faithful in China would love to openly practice their Faith in public like we do, but can’t because of their repressive and oppressive laws that forbid such practices of religious freedom; I think that North Americans would stop taking their freedom to go to Church for granted. Check out this video that I’ve posted below and let me know what you think.
This video is very sobering to me and I think that we as Believers should not take our freedom to exercise our Faith openly and without apology for granted. My sister and I would assist my grandparents with the distribution of these Bibles back in the day and you cannot imagine the joy we would see in the Priest’s face and his Parishioners upon receiving these Bibles and other Christian paraphernalia. I won’t post the Priest’s name on this post because anonymity and also because I want to protect Him and his parishioners from further persecution, so what I will say is that He and his parishioners were overjoyed to receive access to all the Christian paraphernalia and Bibles that my Grandparents were able to obtain through their Australian connections that they had made during the course of their diplomatic careers.
What we often take for granted and have readily available here in North America is what Chinese Christians long for — the freedom to express their faith openly, without apology or without the threat of persecution or imprisonment by the State. I don’t know what the state of China is like now, because we did this over 17 years ago so I hope that a lot has changed since that time. All I know is that this is what my Grandparents did for the Christian Chinese that needed resources to build on their Faith in God and that is where I got saved and found God in my walk before coming to Canada. I don’t think I can take my Faith in God for granted like many of us do. I want to cherish my relationship with God with all I have as I remember how others don’t have that level of freedom to worship Him as we do here in North America.
It’s funny how in North America, we try so hard to maintain numbers just to stay in the Church and how ironically, in China, there are many people who wish they could simply attend a Church without the threat of being persecuted simply because they are Believers. If we could simply stop taking what we have currently have for granted, we’d cherish things like our ability to go to Church without apology and be more on fire for God once we realize that our Faith is what makes us strong and is what makes us who we are — God-Fearing Christians. So as we near the end of this year, think about what type of Christian you want to be in the coming New Year of 2018. Be thankful for what you have and extend yourself to those that need a touch of Jesus in their lives just because you are a Believer. I have one more short clip to close this post and it’s to get you thinking about how your year went through this year and what to look forward to in the coming Year as we approach the Year 2018. I pray that these videos I have posted will bless your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀