Christian martyrdom may be the world’s most underreported story. But if a study conducted by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity is true, we are in the midst of a terrible international pogrom against Christians, with 90,000 reportedly killed a year because of their faith.
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity has done extensive research on Christian martyrdom, both historical and contemporary. We estimate that between 2005 and 2015 there were 900,000 Christian martyrs worldwide—an average of 90,000 per year.
That’s a stunning number that doesn’t include the Christians imprisoned or otherwise persecuted.
This should be the subject of headlines and calls to action. Instead, well, you know.
Persecution of Christians in 2016
Recent years in the world has presented many complexities to nation’s government. We’ve faced disasters, wars, floods, hurricanes and droughts. The situations result in people movements. For the last several years, displaced peoples have begged a response. But, I question has been, what is the right response. I know what the Bible says about “foreigners” or “sojourners.” I believe I know how to respond to persons in that category. All the people movements made me wonder about nationalism and the need for borders. But, I also have to ask, what are the merits for or against national borders. I found this article by Wes Walter on ClashDaily which gave me something to think about and is worth sharing in full here. Read more of this post
“Who hath despised the day of small things?” Little community churches like this are the heartbeat of God. Although this little white country church only has services once per week the foundation upon which a small church like this is built is everlasting. Sun beams shine down as a blessing upon this little bethel, on a snowy winter afternoon.
Courtesy: Forest Wander
To hear President Obama and many other leftist luminaries talk, one might conclude that we have a real problem with Islamophobia. Following the attacks of 9/11, even then-President George Bush repeatedly stated that we were not at war with Islam in order to counter the potential for widespread fear and loathing of Muslims in western society. The repeated violent attacks by radical Islamic jihadists over the last fifteen years at home and abroad only served to further stoke the fears of a widespread backlash against all people of the Islamic faith. The fear that innocent, peace-loving Muslims would be singled out for reprisals influenced even various U.S. government agencies as they purged their training materials from even referencing “radical Islamic terrorism” or anything related to the radical religious ideology of jihad. Read more of this post
Portrayal of the Nativity. All is quiet. There’s just Mary, exhausted from child birth, and Joseph, overwhelmed by the task in front of him, and the baby, the baby that changes everything. The quiet beauty of THIS moment stirs my heart every time I look at it.
I have a prediction. I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God’s
perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won’t on November 9, 2016. “The LORD can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NCV). Read more of this post