Saudi Arabia ranks as the second most difficult place to be a Christian on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List. Due to the oppressive government, and persecution that is evident through society, the country ranks second only to the totalitarian regime of North Korea. Christ died for all, but many Saudi people do not know Christ – yet!
Today, in Mecca, the holiest Islamic city, the crowds are massive. The faithful have arrived to participate in a Hajj. For many, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. The Hajj, or pilgrimage, is part of the Five Pillars of Islam. All Muslims, if able, must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. Those, who have and then return back to their homeland, are highly revered in their local communities. Many Muslims see the Hajj as the highlight of their life and believe that it will wash all their sins away. But, there are testimonies from Muslims, who have gone on pilgrimage, with an upright desire to obey God… instead God gave them a vision, telling them that they need Jesus.
Brother Andrew, founder of Open Doors, coined this phrase, using the acronym ISLAM, “I Sincerely Love All Muslims.” It is a great reminder that Christ called us to love and share his gospel with all people. That He came and took on the sins of all people, in order to make a way to reconcile with Himself.
One With Them
Today, as millions of Muslims faithfully perform the rituals – seeking forgiveness and inspiration – God is at work behind the scenes, softening their hearts, drawing them to Himself. Be One With Them in praying for Christians in Saudi Arabia. Pray that God would grant them His wisdom in knowing when, how and with whom to share the gospel with. And for Muslims, who are blinded and cannot see the truth; pray for God, the Alpha and Omega, to give them sight to recognize Jesus as their Savior.
One With Them
Learn more about being a Christian in Saudi Arabia, ranked number 2 on the Open Doors World Watch List of Christian persecution.