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Comparing Ideas about Bible Smuggling

smug•gle
verb

To bring secretly.

Bi•ble smug•gler
noun

Someone who secretly takes or sends Bibles into places where they are against the law or very hard to get.

Some people say, “It is wrong to smuggle Bibles.” Others say, “Sometimes Christians have to smuggle Bibles.”

Read the following chart comparing the two views, then discuss: Should Christians obey the laws of anti-Christian countries that forbid handing out Bibles?

Some people say: “It is wrong to smuggle Bibles.”
Others say: “Sometimes Christians have to smuggle Bibles.”
Bible verses “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1, NIV). Some people say this verse means Christians must not take Bibles into countries where government leaders do not want Bibles. Christ commanded His followers, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “All the world” includes countries where it is illegal to preach the gospel. In that case, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29, NIV)
The laws and commands of rulers Some people say that Christians must obey all the laws and commands of rulers, even if those laws cause us to disobey God’s Word. The following people in the Bible disobeyed government rulers in order to obey God: Moses’ mother (Exodus 2:2), Rahab (Joshua 2), Daniel (Daniel 6), apostles and others (Acts 5).
Danger for those who follow Christ If Bibles are smuggled into countries where Christians are persecuted, people will read them. Those who then choose to follow Christ will be persecuted. If the smugglers do not take them a Bible, they will not be persecuted. Jesus warned His followers that they will be persecuted (John 15:20). He has promised His persecuted followers that they will received eternal rewards (Matthew 5:11,12).
Loving others Some people say that Christians should show respect and tolerance for the beliefs of those who don’t follow Christ. They say that giving them Bibles does not show this respect for their beliefs. When we tell others the Good News of the way to eternal life, we are demonstrating our extreme love for them. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

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100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church in 2012: #91–100

  1. Write a book report on a book about persecuted Christians.
  2. Plan to pray for Christians in Muslim countries during Muslim holidays.
  3. Hold a weekly or monthly fast from TV, computer games, or dessert as a prayer reminder.
  4. Write a letter to the editor of a publication, telling about current persecution.
  5. Study Bible passages about persecution and share them with someone.
  6. Send profits from a lemonade stand or garage sale to support VOM projects.
  7. Offer to show a DVD about persecution to a group or class.
  8. Hold an “underground church service.” Sing and pray quietly.
  9. Invite party guests to bring items needed by the persecuted instead of gifts.
  10. Send a description of your projects to VOM to share with others.

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100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church in 2012: #81–90

  1. Make a “Family Prayer Album” using clips from VOM publications.
  2. Display items about persecution at a history or geography fair.
  3. Leave a VOM publication in a car mechanic’s waiting room.
  4. Find the name of leaders of restricted nations in an almanac. Pray for them.
  5. Serve a dinner featuring food from a restricted country. Share about Christians there. (Find recipes from restricted countries in our Activity section or in the downloadable activity books on this site.)
  6. Make a parade float about courageous Christians.
  7. Phone a friend once a week to pray together for persecuted Christians.
  8. Design Christmas ornaments using photos from VOM publications.
  9. Hold an overnight lock-in, and spend the time learning about and praying for persecuted Christians.
  10. Collect spare change in a jar for a year to support a VOM project.

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100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church in 2012: #71–80

  1. Save the fronts of Christmas cards to use as postcards for Christian prisoners.
  2. Design a poster or mural about Christians who have suffered for their faith.
  3. Use Isaiah 41:10 and Psalm 107:19 as prayers for persecuted Christians.
  4. Put on a puppet show about today’s heroes of the faith.
  5. Share about persecuted Christians at family meals or devotions.
  6. Pray for persecutors to repent and follow Jesus.
  7. Start a letter-writing club to write to Christian prisoners. (See www.prisoneralert.com.)
  8. Send VOM resources to a U.S. prison chaplain to share with prisoners.
  9. Have a car wash to earn funds for a project to help the persecuted.
  10. Make a list of hymns about persecution for events where persecution is discussed.

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100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church in 2012: #61–70

  1. Make key rings using photos from VOM publications.
  2. Help run a sport or game tournament to raise money to aid struggling Christians.
  3. Write a poem about persecuted Christians and send it to a website or magazine.
  4. Add a story about persecuted Christians to a website or blog.
  5. Recycle cans to raise funds to help persecuted Christians.
  6. Share stories of victorious Christians with someone who is discouraged.
  7. Use time while running or exercising to pray for the persecuted.
  8. Make a light switchplate cover with pictures of persecuted Christians to serve as a prayer reminder.
  9. Worship outside and remember those whose churches have been burned.
  10. Learn some words in the language of a country where you may want to minister someday.