June 29: The Day of the Christian Martyr
Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio recently talked with Cole Richards, the president of The Voice of the Martyrs, about The Day of the Christian Martyr. You can read Cole’s comments below. (Edited for length and clarity.)
Todd: The Day of the Christian Martyr is on June 29th. Each year The Voice of the Martyrs highlights the story of an individual who gave their life serving the Lord. Cole Richards, the president of The Voice of the Martyrs, will tell us more about this annual tradition. Cole, first of all, what is The Day of the Christian Martyr?
Cole: The Day of the Christian Martyr is one of the things we do at The Voice of the Martyrs to make sure that today’s Christians can be inspired by those who came before us. This day is just one of the ways we want to create awareness and understanding of this rich legacy of those who came before us.
First, I really hope people understand that our Christian faith is not just a bunch of ideas or teachings. It is about relationships. So first and foremost is our relationship with our Creator, Almighty God, but then it is about relationship with our Christian family. These are eternal relationships. We will spend eternity with the other members of the Body of Christ. On The Day of the Christian Martyr, we look at those who have come before us. It is tremendously uplifting and inspiring. It makes us strong. It gives us courage to be connected with these brothers and sisters in Christ from the past.
I want to challenge people to pray on two levels. One level is pray for the need that exists when a pastor is martyred and leaves behind a widow and children. We need to feel the human emotion of our brothers and sisters in Christ as they suffer well for God’s glory. That is one direction that our prayers need to take.
The second direction they should take is to pray for the advancement of God’s kingdom that these people were a part of, and that they still are a part of. We are going to pray for the widow and serve her, but we also are going to pray for the advancement of God’s eternal kingdom in that place because that is why these Christians gave their lives.