Published on September 17th, 2013
The Voice of the Martyrs’ representatives visited an Arabic church in the United States. Members of the church are from Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. The representatives showed the children at the church a DVD about Perpetua. [Learn more about Perpetua here.]
“At first, the children were sad that Perpetua and her friends died, but then they wanted to see it again,” said one of the VOM representatives. “They were truly inspired by her courage and faith.
“We asked the kids what they would do if they woke up one day and it was illegal to be a Christian. Their responses were interesting and honest.”
Read below what some of the children answered. As you read their answers, think about what your answer would be. [Read this post about a girl who was not sure if she would be strong enough to face persecution.]
First child’s answer: I would give my life for him [Jesus] because if I die and I believe in Jesus, then once I die, the next second I’ll be living [with Jesus].
Second child’s answer: I would stay a Christian.
Third child’s answer: If we hadn’t watched Perpetua…then I would have said “No, I’m not a Christian.” I would lie. But when I saw them standing up for what they believe in, that made me stronger inside.
Fourth child’s answer: I would say, “Okay, fine, I’m not a Christian anymore.” I’ll just lie, but I really am a Christian. Or I’ll just be a Christian and not tell anybody if I’m a Christian or not a Christian.
Fifth child’s answer: I would say that I am a Christian just because I know that if I die for Jesus, I would go to heaven and have a really happy life.
Sixth child’s answer: I would die for Jesus because if I die for him, my body will still stay here, and my soul will be up there. But it’s okay, because I would be with Jesus and I’d be in the best place in the world.