Published on July 3rd, 2020
Americans celebrate their freedom on July 4th. Some people say freedom is the right to do or say what you want without anyone stopping you. People in prison are not considered free. But read below what some Vietnamese Christians said about the time they spent in prison for their faith in Christ:
- Being in prison gave me more time to have a deeper relationship with God.
- It was an honor to serve the Lord in this way.
- I learned more about the true values of life.
- Going to prison encouraged me to continue my Christian work when I got out. After being in prison, I was more willing to risk going back to prison again.
- In prison I had the opportunity to lead my cellmates, and even guards, to Christ.
The apostle Paul said, “Because of my chains [his time in prison], most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly” (Philippians 1:14).
To Think About: In what ways were the Vietnamese prisoners freer in prison? How did Paul’s time in prison create more freedom for the gospel to spread?