For this review, I am simply going to get right to the point. With The Global War on Christians, there really is no beating around the bush. Mr. Allen gets right to the point and that is, around the world, there is a war going on in regards to people who profess to be Christians. Some of you might be surprised by this while others of you have known about this for years. In many ways, we are living in an era where more Christians are dying for their faith than any other time in the history of the world.
So why is it important for us to know this? If we do not face this in our lives, why do we need to spend our time reading about what others around the world are facing? If I simply pray for them, will that not be enough? Praying for them is a good start but it is far from being what God has called us to. Hebrews 13:3 issues this challenge: “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” Simply thinking about them and praying for them every once in a while is not enough. Suppose a member of your family were to start being mistreated simply for being a part of your family, you would fight for them wouldn’t you? You would go to great measures to make sure people knew of your plight. You would want everyone to know what was going on so they could help in some way or another. That is what this book is good for. Global War helps us as Christians hear and know what is facing our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. We should want to know this so we can inform other believers. We are a family in Christ and our hearts should hurt for those around the world who are not allowed to practice what they believe without fearing for their lives.
As of now, the severe persecution Christians are facing around the world has not made its way to the United States to the same extent as it is other places. However, the way things are going, it will eventually happen and we should not be surprised. John Allen wants people to know what is going on around the world and he has put time into this book through research and traveling to different parts of the world to help educate us as followers of Christ as to what is going on around the world. The worst thing we can do is remain ignorant.
Personally, before reading this book, I knew Christians were persecuted and their lives were taken because of what they believed, but I had no idea of the extent. While reading Global War, I was constantly thinking how strong is my faith? Is my relationship with the Lord strong enough to face severe persecution? If not, then something is missing and I need to get on my knees and ask God to strengthen my faith. I have heard it said many times that if we as Christians are not facing any opposition in our lives from the world with choices we are making day to day then we need to see if we are really living for the Lord. This statement is not made to say we should be troublemakers, always trying to raise problems with how we believe, but we should be living our lives in such a way that people can notice we are different. This book also helped me continue to see the importance of taking the Gospel to the world and God’s call to make disciples of all nations. It will not be easy but God never promised our mission would be easy, He did promise to be there with us through it all.
Simply put, you should read this book to educate yourself as to what the body of Christ is facing around the world. It is not for the weak of heart though as Mr. Allen does not hold back in what he writes. There are Christians who have faced brutal deaths and persecution over their faith in God and he wants us to know about it. So go ahead and pick up a copy of The Global War on Christians, it will be worth your time.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as a part of their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.