Everyone Was Happy

Richard Wurmbrand spent fifteen years of his life in prison in Romania for preaching the gospel.  He was not treated well in prison.  And there’s a word for that.  It’s called torture.  Here’s what he did to pass the time:

“It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners, as it is in captive nations today.  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.”   – Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ

What am I supposed to say after reading that?

One thought on “Everyone Was Happy

  1. Gunner –

    Not much to say, really. Glad this generation is finding guys like Wurmbrand. I first read Tortured for Christ about 30 years ago as I recall.

    My favorite story is where he stopped a meeting of people who were saying nice things about the government dead in it’s tracks by taking off his shirt and showing them what their nice government was really like. Sort of like the Rock’s scene in the remake of ‘Walking Tall’ only for real.

    Thanks for reminding me of Richard. We need to remember that it isn’t all sweetness and light out there and that we have an enemy, Not a cartoon, annoying, basically hapless enemy. A real, patient, diabolical and evil enemy bent on our destruction, preferably after a period of extended unhappiness.

    Say “hi’ to Southern California for me. It’s been a long time …




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