After reading Brother Yun’s book, The Heavenly Man, this past winter (my book review is forthcoming), I have been provoked to step out more for my own faith in Jesus Christ. I wrote the following story after thinking about the scars some persecuted believers receive from being tortured in China, Iran, and other countries.
My own body has a few scars. I can recall the days and tragedies surrounding those events. But was living for Christ involved? I wonder what these wounded believers think when they look upon the scars they carry for the rest of their lives. They were willing to suffer for Jesus. They were willing to guard their mouths and not betray their coworkers. We would be honored to remain so loyal to our Savior! How about you? Do you have scars that testify of Jesus and His inspiration for you to remain standing strong? See you on the next page—David Telbat
The Scars were worth it for Jesus
by D.I. Telbat
Mr. Cho stood outside the prison in Lanzhou, China. His release had ended with a day-long propaganda exercise of brainwashing, pressing him to support the Communist Party. But Cho was too saturated with the love of Jesus Christ to be brainwashed by mere people. What “they” didn’t understand was that he wasn’t against the government. He was just for Jesus Christ. Regardless, the Party had made sure he served every day of his seven year sentence.
He walked down the side of the street, past shops, garages, and stores. His family hadn’t expected his release, so no one was there to meet him. Walking home wasn’t a problem for Cho. There were Christians he wanted to check on, along the way. Letters smuggled in to him over the years confirmed his prayers: while he was sharing Christ to needy prisoners and guards, his coworkers on the streets of China had remained faithful and devoted to their Lord.
Less than a mile later, Cho had to stop walking and lean against a building to rest. Bicycles and pedestrians moved around him, oblivious that a recently-released prisoner was among them, struggling to stand since he hadn’t eaten all day. He clutched his chest and tried to take a deep breath.
His seven years in prison weren’t his first behind bars. It had been his third prison term for Jesus. As a youth, he’d been a not-so-cautious evangelist, and the Party had sent him to the mines in Western China. That had been a three-year term. But he wasn’t young, anymore. His lungs seemed to be filled with mine dust, and his skin was covered with scars from over-zealous guards who’d intended to beat his faith out of him.
“Was it worth it?” a voice asked.
Cho looked up and met the eyes of a city police officer. Men like Cho had been arrested by such officers, but Cho felt no animosity toward the man, only pity. It had been many years since he’d hated his persecutors, since he’d learned from Jesus to view them all as potential children of God.
“Was what worth it, sir?”
“Prison.” The officer was middle-aged, had a gun on his belt, and a look of sadness in his eyes. “I recognize the clothes. And the marks.”
The officer pointed his baton at Cho’s left hand where the fingers were crooked from being broken many times.
“Yes, it was worth it.” Cho smiled and flexed his hand. “For Jesus, it’s always worth it. Have a nice day, sir.”
Cho moved away from the building. The officer stepped out of his way, and Cho continued his walk home.
Christian Short Story, The Scars were worth it for Jesus
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