Many of you would be aware of past “underground” movements and activities. I am. But few of us imagined that we would live to see such days now upon us again. Sadly, those who had to defy the authorities, run the gauntlet, seek out shelter, do what is frowned upon, escape from danger, and live a life of great risk are no longer just a thing of the past.
Let me first remind you of some of these previous examples. One obvious case in point involves the early Christian church. In the early days of the faith Christians often had to meet underground – as in the catacombs. Persecution meant that many believers had to engage in clandestine activities – including worship.
And today many believers in Muslim-majority nations or communist dictatorships are in the same boat – they would still meet in underground churches – whether out in the forests or wherever. Communist China would be one clear case of this sort of underground activity.