Richard Wurmbrand was an exceptional man. I had never heard his story until today and I had to share it. His story is inspiring to say the least. In short, this man was living in Rumania during the Communist takeover and was arrested by the "secret police of the Communists." (For the full testimony and story on Wurmbrand, go here.) Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor and was held captive in solitary confinement and tortured for 14 years... for proclaiming to be a Christian. This video isn't great quality but it really is moving and you have to watch it til the end.
I don't know about you, but I've never suffered like this man for my beliefs. I don't know anyone personally who has suffered anything remotely as horrible as this man. I believe our world, and Christians in particular need to refocus. We need to pray for those who harm and hurt us. We need to use every opportunity we are given, even in bad situations, to show the Love of Christ. We need to stand united for what is right and not stand by watching evil people continue to work in society.
Although we probably won't end up in a Rumanian prison for our beliefs, we need to be sure of how we would stand if that threat arose. If you were threatened with imprisonment, torture, or death, could you take it all and consider it an honor to suffer for Him? Or if not for God, for your conviction? It really got me thinking and I hope it opens your mind as well.