Published on February 22nd, 2019
On Election Day in the United States, citizens vote for candidates running for president and other public offices.
In recent years, a church in Uzbekistan held an unusual election. Two choices appeared on the ballot:
- Will we follow the instructions of the police?
- Will we follow the Bible?
The police said that the Christians were not allowed to meet together to worship God because their church was not registered with the government. However, the government would not register the church.
The congregation decided to follow the Bible. No one voted for the other choice, even though they knew they would be persecuted for their decision. After the vote, the police constantly gave the congregation a hard time. Once they arrested everyone at a youth group meeting and burned their Bibles. Later, officials kicked the pastor and his family out of the country.
Christians in many countries continue to trust God even when it is risky to follow him.
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” (See Joshua 24:15.)