Christianity Today – Virginia Prodan: I Found the Gospel in Communist Romania


I Found the Gospel in Communist Romania

Like most people, I was born with a hunger for truth and freedom. Unfortunately, I was born in Communist Romania under the brutal totalitarian regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. Ceausescu’s Romania was a land of lies, where simply questioning a government directive could lead to imprisonment, physical torture, and—in some cases—death.

Needless to say, we lived in a constant state of anxiety and mistrust. Anyone could arbitrarily denounce a neighbor, classmate, or family member for making “anti-government” statements. The government even had spies planted in the churches. The best way to avoid trouble was to remain silent, question nothing, and try to blend in.

For years, I watched my parents and relatives play the part of “good citizens” while privately whispering their contempt for the government. I wondered,Why do people always speak in whispers? Why are they so afraid to speak the truth? (…)

After all, the communist government was notoriously anti-church. Under Ceausescu’s rule, Christians were frequently arrested, beaten, and imprisoned. Church buildings were bulldozed, their land confiscated to make room for Ceausescu’s palace. Anyone who questioned his anti-God stance was either thrown in jail or “disappeared.” For all I knew, this could be a trick to test my loyalty. I paused briefly to consider my next move. Then I saw once again that look of peace and contentment. I wanted that—so much so that I decided it was worth the risk.

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http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/october/i-found-gospel-in-communist-romania.html?start=1

Virginia Prodan is an international human rights attorney, and an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

She is the author of Saving My Assassin (Tyndale).

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Virginia Prodan, Saving my assasin

Note: This article was reported first by https://roevanghelica.wordpress.com

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  1. N-am cunoscut-o pe d-na Prodan. Stiam ca sotii Prodan sunt avocati si s-au intors la Dumnezeu. Sotul ei, Nelu, a avut curaj aparindu-l pe regretatul pastor Dugulescu in procesul contra Ministerul de Interne. Gestul lui Nelu Prodan n-a scapat neobservat; ei au avut mari probleme cu Secu. Dugulescu fusese accidentat de o masina a Militiei ce circula pe sens interzis; soferul era beat- asta era regula la inscenari. Trebuia curaj sa apari intr-un proces contra MI. M-am bucurat sa citesc marturia d-nei Prodan.

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