Monday, March 10, 2014

Does It Make A Difference?


And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (John 3:19-20 KJV)

Yesterday on Facebook I saw links to this blog a couple of times: “They’ll Be Dead By Morning (What Difference Will It Make?)

In case you don’t want to make the jump, it’s a blog about North Korea’s execution of 33 Christians. As my readers know, I don’t accept postings at face value, I do research to be certain it is a news item and if it is slanted. I didn’t find the story on ABC, CBS, CNN or NBC.  I did find it in The Washington Times.

North Korea tyrant Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered that 33 Christians believed to be working alongside South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook be put to death.

The news report doesn’t say they are being executed for being Christians, instead:

South Korean press cited by The Daily Mail reported that Mr. Kim has charged that the 33 are attempting to overthrow the government — the same accusation that led to the execution of the North Korean leader’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and all Mr. Jang’s relatives.

That’s pretty much the same argument used to execute Jesus, that He said He had a kingdom, which was used to try Him under Roman law. What He said and what He did actually changed history, and a good part of the world – but not all of it.

Two years ago I used today’s graphic in the blog “Darkness vs Light.” North Korea has to have a white line drawn around it, or it would appear as part of the ocean, and South Korea would appear as an island. There is that much difference.

But what difference can it make to us? None of us can go there and spread the light, can we? Only someone who speaks the language, understands the culture and has a connection or two can make it across the border. What difference can we possibly make?

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. (Ephesians 3:7 KJV)

Right now, at this moment, we can pray to the Lord for the effectual working of His power. Are we ready to be a part of effectual prayer?

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (James 5:16-18 KJV)

Share and pray – and make a difference that will last eternally.

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