My sister Darla Givan, who blogs as ageorgiavoice, just posted an item which I want to share with you. Darla is a representative of the Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) and her posts help me remember the fact that many, many of our fellow Christians are undergoing persecution most cruel as an offering to our Savior. This particular item is a great reminder for us during this Thanksgiving. We have a great God and are called to be grateful, praising Him with glad hearts. He, and He alone, is our source of every good and perfect gift. RMF
Bob Fu, known as the face of the underground church in China, was one of the speakers at the VOM conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, and shared his life story with us. He was one of the university students who “occupied” Tiananmen Square in 1989. In fact he was one of the leaders, and was wanting to be a reformer of the government. He was serious. He even had written his own Bill of Rights, and was hoping he would be the Prime Minister. But things went terribly wrong. The Army began shooting at the students. There was chaos. His friends betrayed him and told lies to the government. He left the university, and eventually became so hopeless that he planned to explode a bomb that would kill himself and as many others as he could.
But somehow in the midst of his misery, he read the testimony of a man who was an intellectual but suffered from a terrible drug addiction that he was powerless to overcome in his own efforts. The man told about meeting Jesus, and becoming a new creature entirely. Reading the story of this drug-addict-turned-pastor’s life, Bob began to see that he, Bob Fu, was the one who needed to be reformed. He sought out a Christian friend who led him to Christ, and returned to the university with a whole new goal, to reach as many students for Christ as he could. He was look to the Lord, and not to the government and not to his friends.
Hearing this in the context of the current “Occupy Wall Street” movement helps me to see why such a desperation is developing around our country. Last Sunday our pastor (actually a three pastor team) taught on the multiplying of the fish and loaves to feed the thousands, and stressed that Jesus taught the disciples how to look UP and not OUT! When they (the disciples) had looked out at the crowd, the need overwhelmed them. When they looked out at themselves, they saw their own helplessness to provide. Jesus looked up to God, and God provided more than enough.
These young occupiers are looking out. They will only become more and more angry and frustrated. The reformation needs to be done in their hearts. And in all our hearts! Even those who are Christ’s followers need to be reminded to look up. Not to the government! Not to the candidates! Not to Wall Street, or Main Street, or any man made institution!
The Lord said through the Prophet Jeremiah, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:5-8)