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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Everyday I hear of Christians getting slaughtered in Sudan or persecuted and killed in the Middle East by radical Islamist. There is a pastor in Iran, Youcef Nadarkhani
that has been sentenced to death because he is a believer in Jesus
Christ. The Iranian regime, governed by Sharia law gave him a chance to
recant his confession in Christ which he did not. This man is a true
believer that even though he was threatened with hanging he will not
denounce his faith in Jesus. The Iranian regime has also declared that
their goal is to wipe out Israel from the map and Ahmadinejad denies
that the Holocaust ever happened. I was watching the O'Reilly factor
yesterday and the son of Oliver Stone whose name is Sean Stone converted
to Islam and is pretty much a defender of Iran and it's regime.
Newsweek has a bloody picture of Jesus on its front page with the title "War on Christianity."
There is an all out war against Christians around the world. This war
is real, in Sudan the Arab radical Islamist from the north slaughter the
black Christians in the Nuba mountains which is the border between
Northern and Southern Sudan. They kill men, women and children with
machetes, burning down churches by the churches. These brothers and
sisters in Christ endure heavy persecution and many are facing death by
the sword. Christians are hated by radical Muslims and there is no tolerance towards people of a different faith.
I read the articles and reports about what's going on and it saddens me
to hear and see these gruesome reports that come out of Africa and the
Middle East. The Syrian government is killing its own people, Iran will
soon have a nuclear weapon to attack Israel and the war against
Christianity is becoming a reality. Can we as believers here in the
west, especially here in the US even imagine what these brothers and
sister have to endure and face everyday? The White House and the
President who supposedly is the most powerful men in the world has been
silent for the most part on many of these atrocities. Just yesterday
Franklin Graham was on Pierce Morgan's show talking about the crisis in
Sudan and how the radical have once again started to bomb the churches
in the Nuba mountains.
He also addressed the
dire situation the Iranian pastor is facing and that he could be hanged
within days. Graham said that the President hasn't called anybody to the
White House for a prayer meeting or to put pressure on the Iranian
regime to free Youcef Nadarkhani, instead the President apologized to
the Afghans because our military accidentally burned some Qur'an"s. He
did that on the same day when two American service men were killed
because of the incident. What is wrong with that picture? Mr. President,
stop bowing down to the Saudis and stop your political correctness when
dealing with countries like Iran. We don't have to apologize to the
radical and the radical regimes, they attacked us and they should
apologize for killing our brave service men in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Christians didn't fly the planes into the World Trade towers, radical
These are the same fanatic
radicals that want to wipe Israel off the map, destroy America and the
West. If any Muslims says that Islam is a peaceful religion, I doubt
that very much and if the so-called peaceful Muslims are silent about
what's going on with the radicals, than they have become irrelevant.
I'm thinking about all that and more and it made me wonder, what are we
as Christians suppose to do about all of this? Let me say first that I
am not talking about every believer here in the US, I'm just broadly
generalizing and please don't take it personally if you read this. There
are many good believers that care and go out of their way to help those
in need. In general most of American Christians go to church on
Sunday's and think they have done their duty. They sit in a nice
comfortable pew and listen to either a sermon or a Bible study in an
air-conditioned facility, coffee and donuts afterwards, a little
fellowship and off they go. Is that all or should we be more in tune
about what's going around the world to our brothers and sisters in the
faith? There are a lot of activities and events, special concerts and
many programs throughout the week. That is not a bad thing, but are we
that voice in the world for those who have no voice and are desperately
crying out for help? Do we genuinely care about people who are
persecuted and killed because they believe in Christ?
hope that many of us are. I have to admit that we do live pretty
comfortable lives here in the US and that may change one day. Are we
ready for that day? Or will we unlike the Iranian pastor turn away from
Jesus because of persecution? We are living in days where prophecies are
being fulfilled just about everyday, yet many of the churches or
denominations have no clue about Bible prophecy or what some of these
current events mean to us as believers. We are living in the very last
days and I believe that the Lord will come soon for His bride. Will He
find us sleeping as the five foolish virgins or awake and on alert as
the five wise once? Israel is God's time piece and we need to look at
Israel because everything relating to the end times is the land of
Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount i.e the epicenter.
wish I could go over to Iran and talk to Ahmadinejad and ask him to
let Youcef Nadarkhani go, or to be in Sudan standing with our brothers
and sisters. Sometimes I feel like James and John who asked the Lord if
they should call for fire to rain from heaven and make an end to all of
this. There are many good Christian organization already over there.
There is Far Reaching Ministries
led by Wes Bentley that trains chaplains for any kind of situation
that may occur. Many of them know that they may never come home again.
They are risking their lives every single day for the furthering of the
kingdom and they are willing to give their lives and reach people with
the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
I don't have all the answers, but there is one thing that we as
believers can do and that is praying without ceasing. The prayers of the
saints avails much. We can be a voice if we want to and not let the
opposition silence us as some would love to do. The Lord Himself said: "You
are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall
it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and
trampled underfoot by men." Mat 5:13.
we are silent we will lose the good fight and we will be trampled under
foot. Political correctness is killing this country and the liberal
agenda is anti Christian. Just as the liberals are uniting for their
causes, we as believers can unite and speak up and fight the good fight.
We can be that voice crying in the wilderness....unless we let the
enemy silence us.
Personally, I would like to finish the race as Paul did: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2Ti 4:7.