We read in the Bible, in the Book of Daniel Chapter 3, the account of the three Hebrew young men who refused to bow to the idol of a pagan king. They will rather be thrown into a fiery furnace of fire than worship the idol image of King Nebuchadnezzar. They put their faith in God to deliver them from the king and the fire; and if God decided not to deliver them, they will rather die than to worship an idol.
The trial of Leah Sharibu, a girl in the captivity of Boko Haram, a dreaded terrorist group, ran parallel to that of the Hebrew men in the Bible. The girl, like others, have the opportunity to be released from captivity if she denounce Christ and accept Islam as a religion. Instead, she refused to be converted to Islam and chose captivity, forced marriage or even death, than to denying Jesus Christ. Such a faith is rare and exemplary in our times filled with many who only profess Christianity with mouth but will not live the life.
There are many on social media who said the girl is foolish or unnecessarily looking for attention. They should try being in her shoes and see what it takes. Some said she should have just accepted Islam with her mouth, so as to escape captivity. After all, she can always ask God for forgiveness and continue her Christian faith once she is out of captivity. What those people did not understand is that the girl Leah Sharibu has a very close personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ which many professing Christian adults did not have. She simply cannot compromise her faith. She is far too close to God to turn her back on Christ. She refused to bow. The Bible said, ” Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven”. Matthew 10:32-33. This girl is totally sold out to Christ, therefore compromise is not in her dictionary.
Leah Sharibu’s trial is a wake-up call to us Christians for a greater commitment to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We should examine ourselves whether or not we are still in the faith. We should go back to the faith our founding fathers, the faith which the apostles handed over to us. It is time to graduate from the bread and butter Christianity of nowadays to the Leah Sharibu’s type of faith. We should lift our voices in prayers for God’s intervention for Leah Sharibu and all other Christians facing trials and persecution in our land. May the God who rescued Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from King Nebuchadnezzar, rescue Leah Sharibu from Boko Haram.