"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1
Christian persecution is a reality in many parts of the world. But so is Christian boldness. In late August, a friend sent us a link to a Facebook account of a Sudanese man. The man had posted a blurry cell phone video of a crowd of mostly women singing on a street corner. We asked our friend, "What is this?" His answer amazed us: "It's members of the Nuba church in the capital of Khartoum standing outside a courthouse in solidarity with their brothers inside who are on trial for their lives."
And what were they singing? A hymn about David slaying Goliath. That's pretty gutsy.
Those braves souls in the video we watched offered up their imprecatory hymns outside a "trial" where four men face a series of "criminal conspiracy" charges brought against them by the infamous NISS (National Sudan Intelligence Service).
Nuba pastors Rev. Hassan Abdelrahim Kodi and Rev. Kuwa Shemaal, Darfuri student Abdelmoneim Abdelmoula, and Czech national Petr Jasek, a Christian aid worker, have already been unlawfully detained for more than 10 months. They are facing capital charges because of their solidarity with other persecuted believers abused by the Islamist regime in Sudan.
This is a story we have been following for months. But what we could not get over was the amazing boldness of the Nuba Christians in this video. They are standing in defiance of their own modern day Goliath of Gath.
When we read the news during this political season, it's easy to get frustrated about what's happening in America today. But as bad as we see things getting, we are still amazingly blessed with a level of freedom and privilege millions of Christians around the world only dream about.
This is why PPF exists. We exist for those believers. We exist for the brave Christians in Khartoum, who are willing to literally stand at the gates of hell (their hell) facing their persecutors and sing about David slaying Goliath.
Go to our Facebook page and you can find the video posted on September 29th to watch for yourselves.
After you hear those voices, please consider adding yours to theirs! In this season of Thanksgiving, perhaps the greatest thing we can do when offering thanks to God for all He has done for us, is to be a cause of thanksgiving for those being persecuted in places like Sudan.
Let us all lift our own voices on behalf of the four imprisoned brothers and their families, as well as all of the other believers throughout Sudan who are laying down their lives for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please go to savethenuba.com and sign the petition to President Obama, appealing to pressure the regime of Omar al Bashir for the release of these innocent men who are on trial only for refusing to turn away from those suffering and persecuted. And please share this message with your friends and family and ask them to intercede as well.
But most importantly, please pray and petition the King of Kings, Who holds the heart of every earthly ruler in His hands, and the keys to every prison cell.