Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Soldiers of The Faith

Perhaps nothing is more discouraging, or harder to read, than the trials of Christians in non-Christian cultures around the world. One site that shares this news is Compass Direct News, which maintains an extensive network of news bureaus and correspondents around the world.

While we hope and pray for peace among the peoples of this world, it is painful yet essential for us to maintain perspective on the battles of principalities and powers that seem to be increasing, rather than decreasing. While most of the media focus is on fighting between governments, we must not lose focus on those individuals fighting the good fight of faith around the world. As much as Alvin York is a hero, so much more are Christianah Oluwatoyin Oluwasesin, Asya Ahmad Muhammad, and Dmitry Shestakov.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10


Sir Chuck, of the army under siege

5 comments:

  1. I feel it less then I should because so many of them come from a way of life that is "alien" to me. We all have limits to our ability to empathize I suppose and perhaps only Christ can give feeling toward each and every one who labors and is heavy laden. Also I bear the scar of living in a time when sympathy for the outcast is so often perverted into propaganda for denial of justice to the not-yet-as-outcast("Workers unite you have nothing to lose but your chains")which I suppose shows how cunning the devil is. Not only does he provide an excuse for tyranny he takes away the theoretical potential victims ability to sympathize with the unfortunate without having that distract them.
    However "alien" though they might seem, they are more my brothers then many who seem less alien and if I am limited in my ability to feel by mortal weakness, I can still pray to One Who is Not So Limited.

    Sir Jason

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  2. Instead of "army under siege" maybe it is better to say those are the forward elements of an army advancing.

    Sir Jason

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  3. Instead of "army under siege" maybe it is better to say those are the forward elements of an army advancing.

    Well said, Sir Ja. I knew that sign-off wasn't exactly right, but couldn't get a concise phrase for what you just said.

    Certainly, Christianah was killed in front-lines battles, and Asya and Dmitry are still there. Dmitry is currently a POW, and we can pray that he converts his jailers as The Apostle Paul did. (The earthquake would be nice, too.)

    However, the paradox of Christianity is that the front lines are anywhere there are non-believers. You are deployed in a target-rich environment, are you not? Only the targets aren't fighting back with bullets, machetes, or bombs...they're using more subtle weapons of political correctness, diversity celebration, materialism, and the "free press". They may not be trying to physically kill or jail you, but they're trying to make you irrelevant, just the same.

    Sir C

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  4. The main problem with diversity celebration is not that it celebrates diversity but that it is forced and gives the impression of "making heavy weather of it." "This studies", and "that studies", really don't help us to appreciate people who are different. Those who really do delight in peoples natural differences do a better job and one would get on better by watching a British army parade in all it's glorious tribalism then to take a "studies."
    For one thing much of "studies" teaches us to view other cultures as victims rather then things to appreciate. It would be better to highlight things that really are good about other cultures. But teachers today may not have that knack anymore. One problem is hyper-egalitarianism. To say this is good is feared to imply that is less good.

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  5. one would get on better by watching a British army parade in all it's glorious tribalism then to take a "studies."

    Here, here! :-)

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