Freedom: Richard Wurmbrand
(From the Kids of Courage archives)
On July 4th, the United States celebrates freedom and independence. Many people think freedom means not being under the control of other people or another country.
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was in prison in communist Romania for 14 years because of his Christian activities. Most people would not think of prison as a place of freedom. But Pastor Wurmbrand realized that true freedom comes from obeying God and following Christ. He did not feel more or less free in or out of prison.
In prison, Pastor Wurmbrand thought, “It is not necessary to be at liberty to be pleasing to God. Which [of God’s] commandments could I keep better in freedom than in a prison cell? Why should I move around? The lily stays in the same place and exhales its perfume….I will not ask [God] to be freed.”
To Think About
• What was Pastor Wurmbrand saying about the life of a Christian in his example about the lily?
• Which was more important to Pastor Wurmbrand, getting out of prison or pleasing God?
• What did Pastor Wurmbrand mean when he asked, “Which [of God’s] commandments could I keep better in freedom than in a prison cell?”
Note: After Pastor Wurmbrand got out of prison, he started the ministry that became The Voice of the Martyrs.