I was walking to the subway station before sunrise early one cold foggy morning. Because I was alone, I had the freedom to think about whatever popped into mind. As I was walking, I realize something. Just a few decades ago, the things we do and the things we say would easily cause someone in this country to go to jail. We aren’t talking about some foreign land or hundreds of years ago. We are talking recently right here where I am raising my family, in Romania. Today, more than half of the country lived in those times, and many miss them. Suddenly, that cold morning began to grow even colder.
Anyone that spends more than a quick vacation in Romania will see that it still shows its communist roots all the time. I see it everywhere I go. From city hall to the post office. You can not escape it – even at the grocery store. It is difficult for me to fully grasp it all. What would it be like to live in a society where following Christ could truly cost your life? Yes, I have traveled the world and there are times that my life has been in danger. And yes, there have been countries that I have visited where you could lose your life for the sake of Christ. But I have never spent a long time in such a place. I have never had to grow up in such a country.
Life and Death
My mind traveled back in time to the 14-year-old girl who is so grateful to an eternal God who could give her salvation through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. Something she never fully knew before, but she understood it and understood what it meant for her life.
It is hard to fully grasp the fear, not only from the world around but also from your family because of what you hold so dear. That has to be an unending torture that one can only survive through the grace of God. I, like the rest of my North American brothers and sisters in Christ, don’t know what it is like to risk my life day in and day out for simply knowing and sharing the Truth.
Surrounded By So Many
What a privilege it is for me to be surrounded by so many that have had to live that reality. To know them, and their heart for the Lord. I hold great respect for the men and women who have laid such a foundation here in Eastern Europe. Who despite the dangers, embraced and shared the Gospel to the lost world.
“Însă îmi privesc viața ca nefiind prețioasă pentru mine, ca să‑mi pot sfârși alergarea și slujba pe care am primit‑o de la Domnul Isus, și anume să depun mărturie despre Evanghelia harului lui Dumnezeu.” ~Faptele Apostolilor 20:24
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” ~Acts 20:24