Let’s Change the Conversation!

With the news of devastating earthquakes in Nepal and the horror of consistent atrocities by Isis and extreme Islamists against believers in the Middle East why is the primary conversation about faith here in the USA centered on conflict between bakers and photographers and same-sex marriage? 

Where’s the outrage and attendant action to relieve suffering and support our brothers and sisters in Christ facing death or displacement.  Let’s change the conversation.  

I know we feel helpless and frustrated. What can we do?  We can pray! For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the world. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments and every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive in order to obey the Messiah. (2 Corinthians 10:3-4) And we can change the conversation.

What if every time the subject and debate about same-sex marriage was raised, in whatever context, a believer changed the conversation saying something like, “I’ve not been as focused on that issue since my brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering death or displacement all over the world.  Would you join me in praying for them right now?” 

Presently I am wearing a little wristband that appears to be made of barbed wire. It elicits quite a few inquiries as to what it is and why I’m wearing it.  http://www.onewiththem.com/resources/wristbands/

Open Doors Mission is seeking to apprise the Body of Christ about the suffering of Christians around the world.  Another group, 8thirty8, uses Facebook to encourage believers to set their watch alarm for 8:38 PM and to stop and pray for the persecuted church each day at that time.

Let’s change the conversation. Join me in praying  consistently for the persecuted church.  

Gwynne Johnson currently serves on the Board of Entrust, Inc., an international education and training mission where she authored the Entrust curriculum, Developing a Discerning Heart. She recently served as Co-Chair of the training project, Christian Women in Partnership, Russia and as Senior Director of Women's Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. Gwynne has a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She currently lives in Huntsville, Texas with her husband of 58 years, Don. She works part-time in her daughter and granddaughter's bakery "The Best Box Ever," where she gets paid in cookies.

One Comment

  • SonShine


    Good reminder Gwynne…we all need to be reminded and also some helpful hints on what to do.