Monday, December 20, 2004

Jesus was persecuted too!

Chuck Colson said that more Christians have been persecuted in the 20th Century than in all the other centuries that preceded it. He was talking about the abuses in North Korea under the Kim Jong II regime that was described by Mariam Bell of the Wilberforce Forum, as "every bit as horrid and reprehensible as the German Holocaust." Also, according to an article in the Voice of the Martyrs, November 2004 issue, entitled "Martyred in China" Jiang Zongxiu was beaten to death on June 18.2004 at the Public Security Bureau for having distributed Bibles. Of course these Christians, are not accused of distributing Bibles but accused of "disturbing the social order"-- a political crime; and in North Korea they are persecuted for failing to worship Jong as god.

The US Congress has passed HR 4011 called the North Korea Human Rights Act and it is to be signed by the President. The President included North Korea in his "axis of evil" speech. I am not sure how that bill will help the people in North Korea. It wasn't passing a bill entitled Human Rights that liberated the Jews but the allied invasion. It wasn't words on a document to be delivered to whom? Kim Jong?? The Dictator, Tyrant, persecutor of believers? Will he be persuaded to change his whole nature by what the US Congress signed on paper? I wonder! The Bible says a leopard does not change his spots.

Another group persecuted are the Akobo in the Upper Nile region of Sudan.The fighting there continues even though there has been a US brokered "ceasefire" of hostile action between Christians and Khartoum's genocidal jihad.

How are Christians to respond to these events and stand with them in the hour of crisis? By opening out mouths and using our pens or keyboards. Proverbs 31:8 -9, which I use a lot in the prolife ministry is written, "open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously and plead the cause of the poor and needy." The poor and needy still need the protection of the strong and the powerful.They still need the prayers and the actual aid to make changes in their nations. Some have stayed in their nations when they could have left because they had a mission from God or because they had family there.

The leaders have to make a difference or they are not leaders but followers. The leaders of the Christian-Jewish-Muslim nations have to defend Christianity all over the world. We, Christians, along with the Jews and also the Muslims, who after all, came from Abraham, one who loved God, must defend those who believe in the One God. There is only one God over the earth, One creator and one mediator between God and man*, and that is the Lord Jesus, the one who is the Godhead in the flesh and who said, "I and my Father are one". [John 10:30]

We, cannot let those who believe suffer and die. Jesus said on the cross, "it is finished" and indeed, it must be finished. The shedding of human blood has to end! The persecution to the death of those who believe in the One God has to end. There has to be a time of rejoicing on the earth that Jesus came to the earth in the flesh as the Messiah, and died on the Cross in the place of all of us for our sins, and rose from the dead on the third day and is alive forevermore in heaven.

This time of year is when that event is celebrated. Yes, we know the date is arbitrary. Yes , we know that worshipping The One who died for us is not "politically correct". Yes, we know the pagans and the homosexuals and satanic cults and the atheists all hate God,but that is their problem. It cannot become our problem. Those of us who love God have to do what we can do on this earth in order to win a place a heaven. Jesus said if you are ashamed of me in this life, HE will be ashamed of us when we all stand before the Great White Throne of God.

I am asking all the leaders whom I have already written about to make a difference --to open your mouths to stop the persecution of Christians or Jews or any who believe in God. The Christians, Jews and Muslims must not be enemies for we all worship the same God! The same man who fathered the Jews fathered the Muslims and Jesus, God in the flesh,created by the power of the Holy Ghost, is from that origin. The same God of the Old Testament is the G-d of the Jews, Jehovah,and the same God of the Muslims, Al- lah or as other names HE is known by Elohim, El Shaddai, Jesus. How could HE not be? There was only one Abraham and he taught both his sons and who he taught them about was the great I AM, The God. The turmoil the world is in has to be realigned. It has to become the ones who do believe against the devil, the forces of darkness, those who don't believe, instead of at each other. The devil, the old serpent as Revelations calls him, the anti-christ is the enemy, not the Christians!

We are the ones who should know better! The ones who worship statutes, well who can judge their hearts but God tells us not to worship idols. The ones who worship men, we know are not pleasing to God. But the Christians, Jews and Muslims all agree that there is One God over the earth. I am pleading for the lives of all believers everywhere. I am pleading for the right to read and distribute the written words of God everywhere. I am pleading the cause of the poor and needy right now. I am asking all believers to pray as you have never prayed before, that God in His infinite wisdom and mercy will reveal the truth everywhere, and save His people,those who believe and confess His name and those whose deeds have labeled them boldly Christian, or Jew or Muslim. The ones who believe in the One God have to stick together and defend those who need it. Do your part please. Pray without ceasing. Those with the power of government in your domain, exercise it on behalf of Christians. Put the word out that killing of Christians or Jews or Muslims is anathema to God!

*I Timothy 2:5, "For there is ONE God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

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