Why Is Nothing Being Done?
As we continue looking a the persecution of Christians around the world one of the most upsetting articles is reported on Catholic Online. I must warn you that if you look at this article it will be quite upsetting. The pictures are very graphic. I would not let your children see them. It shows beheaded children and blood letting.
It is easy to look at these stories and say that is horrible and then to do nothing. We need tu understand that when Islam is fully revealed this is what you get. Islam mimics what its Prophet did. The mass beheading, the rapes, the genocide, the pillaging, the hunting down of Christians, hunting down apostat Muslims, all of these things are following the example of Muhammad.
No one, not even the progressives and the media, can deny what is happening. It cannot be hidden because of things like the Internet and cellphones with cameras built in. The question that must be asked is why is it happening? This is the question we are trying to answer. The second question is why is nothing being done about it?
Last week the US government finally admitted that there is a problem and dropped some food and water to help those fleeing to the mountain tops to escape ISIS. There have also been a vew bombs dropped to stop ISIS’ advance into Kurdish areas.
Why didn’t they do something when ISIS first went into Iraq? At the time we still had US troops in Iraq so why didn’t this administration get congressional approval to stop them at that time? With this administration it is always a late reaction.
Another question I have is why haven’t we granted these Christians who are fleeing ISIS asylum in America? France has opened its doors to them, why aren’t we? We allow Muslim refugees to come in but not Christian refugees. Something is seriously wrong.
Our Duty as Christians
Sometimes we think we need to fix the top first and work our way down and then our nation will be all right. What we need to do is fix the bottom and work our way up. Seventy-eight percent of this nation claims to be Christian. Why don’t we hear from them on these issues? This reminds me of the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is found in Luke 10:29-37.
Luke 10:29-37 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
In this story a man is in great need. He has been beaten, robed and left to die. Two of those who were involved in “ministry” came by, a priest and a Levite. These two, more than most, should have helped a person in need, yet they ignored the problem.
Is this what we Christians are doing today? If so, why? I believe that it is because we have become cowards. We have lost or backbone.
In this parable the priest and the Levite both sinned by not rendering the necessary aid to this man. The Samaritan is a type of Christ and His compassion toward us. One thing that is important to notice is that it was the religious leaders at the top that refused to help. It was the average person who helped this man.
At some point we have to call out fear. We either have a fear of God or a fear of man. We see the fear of man winning in the lives of most Christians today.
Many Pastors and religious leaders have a fear of man. They are more afraid of the tax man than of God.
Barna Research has just released some information from a twy year study with the American Culture and Faith Institute. Here is what they found:
90% of Pastors said that the Bible speaks to the Political and Moral issues in America
Only 10% said that they address it
Most likely reasons a pastor might refrain from preaching what the Bible says about controversial political issues?
32% – Fear threat of punishment by IRS / ACLU
23% – believes Politics and Church are separate
16% – Pressure from deacon / elders
13% – Denominational constraints
9% – Personal distaste for Politics
8% – Unfamiliar about the issues
Ninety percent of American pastors believe that the Bible addresses the moral and political issues of today, but only ten percent are willing to address them from from the pulpit. This seems to indicate that many pastors care more about money and the precepts of God’s Word.
There are lists put together by some Christian leaders of things that the pastor is not supposed to address from the pulpit. It is usually a list of things that upset liberal organizations like the ACLU. How sad is this? Those pastors and other Christian leaders who refuse to deal with these issues will answer to God. The day a pastor fears man more than God is the day he should step down and look for another job.
Pastors need the encouragement of their congregations. When they have their congregations telling them to speak the truth even though it is not popular, when they know that their people will support them, it gives them strength.