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A sister in Christ in Pakistan shares her concerns as she tries to be a witness for Christ in a hostile world.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6 & 7

While these beautiful truths prevail and strengthen me as I pour over Scripture under the fan in my bedroom, they are likely to vanish just as fast when I leave my room, my prayerful sanctuary, and enter the heat of the day, the sound of extremists getting louder in this land, the voice of the Mullah calling to pray, the face of the angry young teenager who would like to tear the cross out of the front of our car and burn us.

Then, there was the attacks in college, by my class mates that had nothing to do with the blasphemy law. Oh no, it came from a unexpected source that had to do with a new law that was passed in America. A student started a discussion on the new “Same Sex” marriage bill in the US. He sent me a long nasty Facebook link defaming a pastor who shared his struggle over this whole issue. This student felt that Christians change the Bible and use it to suit their needs even in these days. He argued, “If you can change the Bible’s meaning today to prove one preference over another, then you could have changed it to say Jesus is God when it is not so.”

My head spun. I tried to explain to him that the laws of American and the life styles of all western people are not a mirror for all Christians and there are some Christians who struggle with certain aspects of Scripture but that the Word of God will never fade away and will be preserved and we have to continue to be faithful no matter what the world says and does. But I realized I was losing the argument. I had been categorized by the guys in the classroom and it was evident no one would listen.

I tried to explain the compassion and love of Jesus and the high standard of living and loving He holds us to. But it was to no avail. The verdict had been passed — the Bible had been changed according to the classroom and there was nothing I could do. The accusation followed me around throughout the day and across the campus.

My friends, pray for us that we are able to demonstrate the compassion of Christ for all people and His sacrifice for all people. We are entering times of increased persecution. We must learn to love so that if they attack and kill us for our faith, we will have left the seal of Christ’s love and hope, grace and forgiveness on peoples’ hearts and lives.

Everything you go through or promote; the life you live — wherever you may be — my brothers and sisters — they impact and affect us here. You are being watched. So, live that your light may so shine than men and women in Pakistan and the rest of the Muslim world may see your works and worship your Father in heaven!

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