What follows is a small story from “Tortured for Christ” by Richard Wurmbrand recalled from his experiences in prison.
“It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted their terms. It was a deal; we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching. They were happy beating us, so everyone was happy.
“The following scene happened more times than I can remember: A brother was preaching to the other prisoners when the guards suddenly burst in, surprising him halfway through a phrase. They hauled him down the corridor to their ‘beating room’. After what seemed an endless beating, they brought him back and threw him – bloody and bruised – on the prison floor. Slowly, he picked his battered body up, painfully straightened his clothing and said, ‘Now, brethren, where did I leave off when I was interrupted?’ He continued his Gospel message!”
This was a reminder to me not to let the antagonism of the world keep me from sharing the Gospel message. The true Gospel has enemies everywhere, and we must accept that. But we cannot keep the Good News a secret.