I’m mindful as we approach this Thanksgiving weekend of so many things that most of us are privileged to do – even while some of our brothers and sisters around the world don’t get to do them:
- Gather together as a church. In many places around the globe, believers gather quietly only in small groups to avoid bringing attention to themselves.
- Meet in the same place each week. Others move around for the same reasons they gather only in small groups.
- Read the Bible. Not everyone can read at all. Many have no access to education.
- Have the Bible in our language. The Bible has been translated into English for so long that we take its access for granted. Others understand that having the Word is a gift.
- Have our own copy of the Bible. Some believers have only what they have stored in their heads (and they actually show us why scripture memorization matters).
- Preach and teach the Bible freely. We who will preach this weekend don’t worry about arrest or persecution.
- Sing loudly. We don’t have to worry about drawing attention to ourselves by our singing (and that’s one reason why I think we need to sing more loudly. . . ).
- Have income to give to our church’s work. Even if we don’t have much to give, we have more than much of the world does.
- Make a public commitment to Christ without fear. Others around the world do make commitments, but doing so puts them in danger.
- Go from church to tell others about Jesus without peril. No threat of persecution keeps us from telling the Good News. It’s disobedience that’s the cause—and it’s a glaring omission when we have complete freedom to speak about Jesus.
Don’t take for granted all that you’re privileged to do this weekend with your brothers and sisters in Christ.