Cuando el testigo ha sido preso, ha sufrido y ha experimentado la pérdida… sus palabras cobran autenticidad. Pesan más.
Siempre habrá injusticias y atrocidades. No podremos alterar el curso de la historia. Sin embargo, como creyentes en Jesucristo, nos toca reflexionar:
Somos testigos… de algo que el mundo nunca debe olvidar.
La luz del evangelio ha brillado en los rincones más oscuros del mundo. Como en el caso del Apóstol Pablo, se le puede encarcelar al mensajero, pero nunca al mensaje.
La oración por los creyentes perseguidos y presos ha de ser: “Señor, manténlos firmes… úsalos para que fluya tu mensaje a donde más se necesite.”
La oración por nosotros mismos ha de ser: “Señor, testigos tuyos somos… enciende en nosotros ese ardor de no permitir que el mundo olvidara lo que hizo Jesús por todos. Que la prueba de nuestra fe nos dé autenticidad y haga que nuestras palabras pesen más.”
Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87
“Remember my chains." (Colossians 4:18)
One more that is gone… one voice less to remind us of what should never be forgotten.
In his case, it was the Holocaust of the Jews under Hitler. He was there. His father died at his side in an extermination camp. He lost his mother and little sister to the smokestacks of Auschwitz.
He experienced the unthinkable. Later, it ignited a desire in him to not allow the world to forget... neither what happened nor those who perished.
During his long life, he raised a voice against similar atrocities. As he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he reaffirmed:
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented…
Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must— at that moment— become the center of the universe.
When the witness has been imprisoned, has suffered and experienced loss… his words gain authenticity… they are weightier.
There will always be injustice and atrocities. We will not be able to alter the course of history. However, as believers in Jesus Christ, we have reason to reflect:
We are witnesses… of something that the world must never forget.
The light of God’s Good News has shined in the darkest corners of the world. As it was with the Apostle Paul: you can chain the messenger, but never the message.
The prayer for persecuted and imprisoned believers should be: “Lord, keep them strong… use them so that your message flows where most needed.”
The prayer for ourselves should be: “Lord, we are your witnesses… ignite that desire in us to not allow the world to forget what Jesus did for us all. May the testing of our faith prove our authenticity and make our words weightier.”
“The geniuses of all ages and of all lands speak different languages but the same flame burns in them all. Oh, if you only knew what unearthly happiness my soul feels now from being able to understand them.” ― Anton Chekhov, The Bet