We take for granted so many things in our everyday life in America. The ability to publicly proclaim and worship God is truly amazing! This has not been without a price, many men and women died for our religious freedom. There are so many countries and dictatorships that do not permit such freedom, and persecute and kill human beings daily.
When I read about Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese woman who has been ordered to be put to death for professing that she is a Christian, in a predominantly Islamic country, it was absolutely heart-breaking. To make matters worse, she is also eight months pregnant, and the mother of a twenty month old child with whom is incarcerated with her. The Sudan court also accuses her of adultery, and has sentenced her to one hundred flogs before she is killed. The Court that heard her case is standing their ground, stating that they had previously given her three days to denounce her beliefs in Christianity, and convert back to Islam. She has refused to change her beliefs and is still being held incarcerated.
What would you do? Would you be as brave as she is, knowing your life could possibly be spared? That is a whole lot to think about. I believe that the final outcome would still result in death. To deny Christ, and live a lie to me would be like dying? I couldn’t imagine her pain, and that of her family, but the thought of denying God and his deity would be the same. Pray for this family, and for the country to come to their senses and stop the persecution.