…at least not in Kazakhstan. And don’t try to be a church without receiving official recognition from the official department of religion in the Kazak governmental system. 5 Baptist churches were raided last month. Huge fines (10 months salary) were exacted on any who were arrested. Some for meeting in homes, some for having a religious festival, some for meeting in public buildings.
‘Mereke Myrzabekova of Zhezkazgan’s Internal Policy Department told Forum 18 they would not have been raided had they been watching football or drinking vodka together “because that’s not religion”.’ Just think how many Americans would have to be arrested if “watching football” was illegal!!
You can enjoy sports and you can drink…but you can’t worship. At least, not without permission. While I realize that our freedom is sometimes our greatest nemesis…it is also an incredible blessing. We are free to stay home…that’s true. We are free to believe we don’t need God…no one can stop us. We are free to be irreligious or non-religious…it’s our right. But we are also free to gather and worship and read our Bibles. We are free to talk about Jesus. We are free to invited friends to worship with us.
Thank God for our freedom…pray we don’t abuse it. Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world…pray they are faithful