Christian Woman Who Was Sentenced to Flogs and Death
It was not so long after the news that Nigerian Christian girls were kidnapped by the Moslem extremists that I heard the another disturbing news of a Sudanese Christian pregnant woman, who was sentenced to 100 flogs and the death by hanging because of convictions of apostasy and adultery.
According to the news, she is only 27 years old and ８month pregnant. She was born of a Moslem father and a Christian mother, but since the father abandoned the family, she was brought up as a Christian by her mother and married a Christian man who immigrated to the U.S. from Sudan.
Under the Islam law, Sharia, marrying a Christian is considered as adultery and leaving Islam is a fatal crime. The woman was given three days to renounce her faith, but she rejected saying that she was never a Moslem, but a Christian since the very beginning and will remain a Christian.
Besides Jesus, the Bible tells many stories of persecutions and martyrs because of faith, but somehow I was hoping that was all past history and no more.
If a woman like that Christian, who is so slender, is flogged 100 times, her body will be in tatters and she will die before being hanged. Why does such a horrified thing happen to the innocent woman just because she was born in Sudan?
What is God doing? Where is He?
My faith was shaken.
Yet, struggling with the questions, I came to the conclusion that she must be receiving the strength from God and the Holy Spirit is with her just like Stephan, Peter, Paul, and many others in the Bible.
My faith is so little that just imagining her situation freaks me out. The fear of cancer is nothing compared with the fear she is facing.
The Death of Cancer Friend
As I was writing so far, the sad news arrived. A breast cancer friend, who was battling relentlessly for 17 months after being given 6 months to live, passed away. In her final email, she asked me to pray for the strength to face the difficult last days ahead.
Despite being intimidated by the devastating prognoses, she searched for ways to servive not only in the U.S., but all over the world. She bore numerous surgeries and radiation therapies one after another, as well as nasty chemos. On top of that, she continued to teach at a college. Her courage and determination were so astounding and inspirational that I am honored to have known her.
Because we all die physically, I don’t look at her death as a defeat, but an accomplishment. She ran her race well using everything she had. I imagine that now she is rejoicing with The Lord, Jesus, and her biological father in God’s Kingdom.
Looking up the sky, I want to salute her saying, “Great job! Congratulations!”
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
….. you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.—Isaiah 43:1-4
Believing His promise, and receiving the strength, I want to finish my race well, too.
May God rescue Christian sisters and brothers who are persecuted, and facing death threats, as soon as possible: May He give them strength and hope continually: May He hold the family of my cancer friend tight mending their broken hearts with His love and hope! Amen.