"For it was in Bethlehem that Jesus was born to Mary and the whole wonderful story of redemption began. The cradle in Bethlehem, in a sense, became the very cradle of Christianity.
Our faith began in Bethlehem. That humble place, “THE LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM”, will always have a unique status on earth. First as the birthplace of King David, but even more significantly it also became the birthplace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ !!
For it was in Bethlehem that Jesus was born to Mary and the whole wonderful story of redemption began. The cradle in Bethlehem, in a sense, became the very cradle of Christianity.
Here, in this place, under the ever present shadow of the cross, the earthly mission of Christ began. It was here that, heaven came down to kiss the earth and, historically speaking, our faith was born!
Christianity in the Holy Land
Sadly, today, Christian communities throughout the Middle East, and Christianity itself, are both in decline.
Even here in the relative safety of the Holy Land, it’s not an easy life for the local Christians.
In Bethlehem, for example, where the Christian population was once a majority just a few decades ago, they are now a distinct minority, as Christians keep leaving the area in significant numbers, especially the youth. What a tragedy it would be to see Christianity disappear and even become totally extinct in the very place where our faith was born. God forbid!!
Christians everywhere need to pray for the well - being of all the precious people here in the Holy Land. God loves the precious people in HIS LAND and has a wonderful plan for all of them. But as Christians we have a SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY to our Christian brethren, wherever they are - down the street, across the sea and OF COURSE also here in the Land of the Bible where it all began!!
God would not have us stand idly about and let this happen before our eyes. Yes, our prayers are vital, but God also calls us to put FEET to our prayers and do whatever we can to help.
If every Christian would do just a little, then altogether, through our joint prayers and joint actions, we can LIFT up the name of Jesus in Bethlehem and all over the Middle East. We lift up His Glorious Name by lifting up the struggling Christians here who also love Him, yet often feel like they are almost completely forgotten.
Many of these ancient Christian communities here in this region have existed for centuries, bravely and faithfully holding high the torch of faith! Their testimony became an inspiration for Christians all over the earth.
NOW IT’S TIME FOR CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE TO HELP AND ENCOURAGE THEM!!!
People of God, the cause of preserving and strengthening Christianity in Bethlehem is such a cause! It’s a need of urgency where Christians of ALL STRIPES, ALL BACKGROUNDS, can and must join together AS ONE FORCE. Together, we CAN make a difference. There is nothing stronger on earth than the power of Christians loving each other and working together, for the Glory of Jesus Christ.