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We are discussing the genocide against Christians this week. Our purpose is first to expose it and then to discuss things we can do to stop it. As we see the fundamentalist movement in Islam grow we are going to see more and more persecution of Christians.
In the news yesterday we heard that 200 drowned in the Nile river while trying to flee the fighting by Muslims. According to the BBC article more than 200 civilians in South Sudan have drowned in a Nile ferry accident while fleeing fighting in the town of Malakal, an army spokesman has said. He said women and children were among the victims in Sunday’s disaster.
South Sudan is one of the newest countries in the world today. South Sudan is mainly a Christian country. They split off of Northern Sudan, which is mainly Muslim. For decades the Muslims have been persecuting the Christians. Their freedom came, in large part, because of some American involvement.
Some rebels from North Sudan have come to South Sudan to take over some of the territory. In the process they are killing South Sudanese citizens, who are mostly Christians. Since the citizens of South Sudan are mostly Christians it is believed that those who drowned were, for the most part, Christians.
According to the BBC report more than 350,000 people have been displaced by the fighting between the South Sudanese government and rebel forces, according to the UN.
The War in Sudan has been going on for decades. A few years ago, largely because of the US government and the George Bush administration, they were able to negotiate a cease fire and independence for South Sudan. During the Obama administration they have been abandoned.
A scathing report by Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) who is one of the leading congressional experts on Sudan and has traveled to the region six times since 1989 says that Obama has ignored and abandoned this conflict – A special envoy to Sudan remained vacant for months during crucial periods, including the final days of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Some of the deaths of Christians do not make it into the reports on persecution like the one I spoke about yesterday from Open Door. It is hard to say how many of those drowned were actually Christians and to put them in the categories of persecution against Christians. However, South Sudan is a Christian nation and the facts are that they are being attacked by Muslims. These people fled for their lives and died because of what Muslims are doing to their country. Sometimes the reports on the number of Christians killed because of Islam don’t capture every Christian that died as victims of this barbaric religion.
In another article from Syria RT news (Russian News) we find that some 450,000 Christians have fled Syria since a civil war erupted. The religious leader said that between 1,000 and 1,200 Christians, both soldiers and civilians, had been killed.
Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of Syria’s population, are viewed as supporters of President Bashar Assad, fearing the Islamist ideology of some rebels. This has made them the target of attacks. At least 57 Christian sites” have been damaged or destroyed since the beginning of hostilities,
To a large part we Christians have just shrugged our shoulders and done nothing about these atrocities. This is why some journalists write articles like the one written by Kirsten Powers, who writes for the Daily Beast and is a contributor on Fox news titled “A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent.”
The article says “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not so. The silence has been nearly deafening.”
This is the problem and she is right. Because of our silence we are not carrying out what God has called us to do. Today I want to share Scripture proving that, as Christians, it is our duty before God to stand up, speak out, and take action to stop this kind of thing.
There is a faulty thought pattern that seems to be prevalent among Christians. They think that in light of what is happening they should remain silent. They think they are just to turn the other cheek and not judge. This philosophy is making us pacifists when God did not intend for us to be pacifists.
When we see injustices around us we, as God’s people are to speak up. Christianity is not a passive religion, it is an active religion. Christians are called to do, not to set around doing nothing. We are called to be salt and light in this world (Matthew 5:13-14).
Here are some Scripture passages that tell us we are to actively work to eliminate injustice:
Proverbs 31:8 “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. 9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
We are to open our mouth to defend those who cannot, because of persecution or other limitations, and plead their cause. For those who say we are not to judge, what do you do with the command to judge righteously?
Isaiah 58:6-8 “…loose the bands of wickedness … undo the heavy burdens, …. let the oppressed go free, and …break every yoke. 7 deal thy bread to the hungry, …tend to the poor… Cover the naked 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, …”
Look at what Isaiah 58:9 says will happen: “Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am…”
If we want God to hear us we must listen to the cry of others.
In Matthew 21:12 Jesus saw injustice in the Temple and he Over threw the tables of the money changers. There is a place for righteous indignation and anger.
Look at the example Jesus gave us about the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). There was a man who was in need and people who could have and should have tended to his need walked by. The one we least expected to so something about the man’s need was the one who did something. Jesus is telling us that this is wrong. We are to take action toward those in need. Do something!!!!
Proverbs 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Here God tells us that we are to do something to help those that are ready to be slain. We can’t make excuses and say we don’t know. God knows what we are doing. He says He will render to every man according to his works.
Look at the example found in Esther. God put Esther in the home of the King so she would be their to stop the murder of the Jews.
Esther 4:13-16 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
I really like the part that is in bold. We are living in terrible times and I want to remind you that they are our times. This is the time that God has placed you and me in this world. There have been darker times. I am sure that those who lived through WWI and WWII would say their times were darker and more desperate. No matter how dark and desperate they become, these are our days. God has placed us here for a reason. It is not an accident that you are reading this post. God is speaking to us.
Psalms 82:3-4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
It is our duty to speak up and do something to help the afflicted, those who are being persecuted for their faith.
1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
This notion that says we should not judge does not fit with Scripture. Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” is ripped out of its context and misinterpreted. The context shows that this is dealing with hypocritical judgment. If we are spiritual we will judge all things. In this same chapter we are commanded to judge righteously:
John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
When we find evil, unrighteousness, and injustice we are to stand up and speak out against it. If we stand together united we can make a difference in the injustice in the world. We can also make a difference in the increasing immorality in our nations.
Don’t hid your candle and let your light shine. Let your light reveal the wickedness that is so rampant around us. When we do this with the proper attitude God will be honored. I hope that these articles will encourage you to do just this.
Again , I need your help. Would you please let me know you support this effort to speak out. Would you call us at 530-517-5638. and let us know that you stand with us and that you are willing to step out and be counted. Or would you write to us at [email protected]. Maybe you would be willing o give a small donation to help in this effort. You can do so by calling 1-800-716-9272.
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