"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1
The above blurry photo taken on a mobile phone outside a Federal Court in Khartoum is testimony to the fearlessness of Sudanese Christians.
These brave souls are offering up their worship of imprecatory hymns outside a "trial," where four men face a series of "criminal conspiracy" charges brought against them by the infamous NISS (National Intelligence and Security Service).
The truth is that the men, who have already been unlawfully detained for more than 10 months, are facing capital charges because of their solidarity with other persecuted believers abused by the Islamist regime. More on them later.
What I want you to please take note of is the incredible courage of these pictured believers who are truly "as bold as a lion." The hymn they are singing in their Nuba dialect tells the story of David and Goliath. Specifically, the part about David hurling the rock and striking Goliath dead (as you listen, you will understand the verse when they recount the sound of the stone "thwack" as it hits the mighty Goliath).
Christian persecution is a reality in many parts of the world. But so is Christian boldness! These Nuba Christians are standing in defiance of their own modern day Goliath of Gath.
Let us 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 the innocent men who are on trial for refusing to turn away from those suffering and persecuted. And please share this email 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.