In preparation for Redeemer’s trip this summer to Uganda, the team is reading this out-of-print, little known book called I Love Idi Amin. Lauren Martin, who’s participating in this year’s trip, shares her thoughts:
Our Uganda team is working to prepare our hearts and minds for our trip to Uganda in July. We are all reading a book called I Love Idi Amin to learn a little history of Christians in Uganda. I Love Idi Amin is an account of the persecution of Christians in Uganda. Idi Amin was the President of Uganda from 1971-1979. During his Presidency and in the 100 years leading up to it, many Christians were persecuted for their beliefs.
One of the most memorable anecdotes was a story of three boys ages 11-15 who were burned in a fire in 1885 because of their faith. Here is the part that struck me the most:
“Little Yusufu said, ‘Please don’t cut off my arms. I will not struggle in the fire that takes me to Jesus!’ Forty adults came to Jesus the day the boys died. This was a new kind of life, which fire and torture could not control.”
This book reminded me that God gives us no promise of a safe or comfortable life. In fact the Bible pretty much guarantees some level of persecution or suffering for followers of Christ. The world could very well take my home, job, possessions, family, or even my life; but nothing and no one can take away my relationship with the Lord and my eternal life that is in Christ. That is a type of life this world cannot offer, and it is so easy to take that for granted and forget just how precious it is.
It is hard to understand why God would let Idi Amin and so many other world leaders come into power. It is difficult to justify why God would allow persecution throughout history and even still today. But this book tells story after story of horrific persecution leading to more people finding true life in Christ, and ultimately God is glorified every time.