Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Historic Public Christmas Service Held in Communist Vietnam

They came, they worshiped, they prayed, they sang and they celebrated the birth of Christ---publicly.

For the first time in more than 30 years, the communist government of Vietnam gave permission for a public Christmas celebration. Since the communist take over more than 30 years ago, Christians have been persecuted--- sometimes severely, and forced to meet in secret--- in home churches.

More than 35,000 people attended the service and when the pastor gave an invitation for people to accept Christ, personally, more than 8,000 responded.

As I read the account and watched the 2 minute, 30 second video, I wept.

Having spent a good amount of time in Vietnam in the early 70's, just prior to the communist take over, I came to know the people and the pastors well. I worked with them, preached in their churches and helped them start and build new churches. I know from personal reports of some of the persecutions and hardships they have suffered in the past three decades.

CBN news reported on the story and has provided a video report from the event. Please take 90 seconds and watch it.

Overwhelmed by the response and the opportunity to worship publicly, the organizers fell to their knees and wept, thanking God.

The moment will move the heart of any believer and hopefully cause all of us to fall on our knees---at least in our hearts and remember the words of the Christmas carol--- "Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel's voices, Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born---"

These kinds of moments will also cause us to thank God for the freedoms that remain in our country---and hopefully deepen our resolve to stand and do what we can do to protect those God given freedoms.

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God bless you and Merry Christmas.

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2 comments:

  1. Apparently Catholics have been allowed to celebrate Christmas Mass in some areas, but it's still at the whim of local authorities and heavily controlled. But Protestant Christians are a minority within a minority there and it's a breakthrough for them to be allowed to hold a service, especially because they have a stronger emphasis on gaining converts. (I imagine that goes over badly with the Communist party.)

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  2. I long for the day when all citizens of every country have total freedom to peacefully worship whom they will, peacefully marry whom they will, peacefully related to and engage in any activity that they will without fear of violence and oppression.

    I suspect this is dangerously near to the Word of God's "Peace to all men of good-will"....

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