After reading a news article from Yahoo, I felt saddened but not afraid. According to the article, there were Christian Ethiopians who were performing a private prayer service when Saudi authorities raided their place. Around 35 people were detained (mixed men and women) and is now facing deportation.
It was said that men were kicked, beaten and insulted by branding them "unbelievers" while two women were strip searched by lady officers for illegal substances hidden in their body - basically their genitals. There were no words from Saudi Interior Ministry when asked for a comment.
Although it happened around mid-December last year, no news were published regarding this matter. I've looked for reports through their English online newspapers such as Arab News and Saudi Gazette but found nothing.
If this was ever true, I can only pray for all those detained people. I just hope that the Saudi government will be true to their words in giving rights to other faiths in practicing their faith because if they keep on persecuting other faiths how can they share their faith to countries abroad.
True or not, I still will serve God. Paul remained and continued to serve God even persecuted because it is where he stands. This is where I stand and believe.
image from: http://sodivinemagazine.comMoreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15: 1-4