Christians here in America often toss the word “persecution” around whenever someone tends to make fun of them for following Christ, which granted, is suffering for Jesus, but it’s getting off easy compared to what happened to a Christian activist in China.
Sure, the persecution is increasing here in the States, no doubt about it. One only needs to look at the ever growing list of cases where the government forces a Christian to shut down their business or engage in activities that violate their faith to see that it’s true.
A Christian pro-democracy activist in China recently came forward and reported that the Chinese government tortured him by piercing his skin with 21 staples, all in the shape of crosses.
From The Christian Post:
A pro-democracy activist in China claimed that he was abducted last Thursday and tortured by men believed to be government agents, who allegedly stapled 21 staples in the shape of crosses into his legs because of his Christian faith.
According to reports, Howard Lam, a member of the main Democratic Party in Hong Kong, showed reporters during a press conference in the city last Friday metal staples that he says were stapled into his thighs when he was abducted by unidentified men the day before.
Lam believes that the unidentified mandarin-speaking men who abducted him on Aug. 10 in the Yau Ma Tei area of Hong Kong’s Yau Tsim Mong district were agents of the Chinese mainland government.
According to Premier Christian Radio, Lam explained that when he was kidnapped, he was hurried into a car and knocked out with a drug. After being beaten and tortured by his captors, Lam said that he was again drugged. He said he woke up the next morning lying on a beach in Sai Kung alone.
Lam claimed that the abduction came after he received a phone call warning him not to send an autographed photo of soccer star Lionel Messi to Liu Xia, the widow of anti-communist poet and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
The 61-year-old Xiaobo, who was a Messi fan, died from cancer on July 13 while in Chinese custody. The whereabouts of his wife are now unknown.
According to the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Lam claimed that his abductors asked if he knew Xia.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a United Nations-accredited human rights organization, reported that Lam said he was beaten and rendered unconscious by his abductors.
There were 21 staples that were unloaded into Lam’s thighs, as reported by CSW. According to Lam, the captors told him that the staples would be cross-shaped because he was a Christian.
Horrible, isn’t it?
However, such persecution should not at all be a surprise to those who claim the name of Christ.
Jesus Himself warned the church many times that it would face the worst kind of persecution the world had to offer, that many would be tortured and murdered for the sake of the gospel.
That being said, if we can fight against this persecution in such a way that glorifies God, then by all means, that’s what we should do.
Communism is an inherently atheistic, godless worldview, and if we here in America do not continue to fight to preserve our liberties, the same mind set that fuels the Chinese government to torture Christians will soon make it’s way to our shores.
This is why it’s imperative for believers to be well educated on current events, to understand the biblical basis for our freedom, and the responsibility we have as both citizens of heaven and earth to ensure those principles are preserved for future generations.
We are blessed by God to live in a country where the worst form of persecution the majority of us will ever face is that of being made fun of.
If we do not continue the fight, we will soon join the ranks of the persecuted church around the world, and the religious liberty we enjoy will be lost.