I saw this was posted on Monergism and I felt it was worthy of sharing with my readers. We live on the shoulders of giants and we benefit from the studies of great men of God who pondered God’s word. Today with the benefit of the internet, we can access many of the best bible study resources available online in electronic format including various bible translations, commentaries, lexicons and plenty of seminary courses and sermons. In the above mentioned post, you will have a mixture of all these fantastic resources for free.
I would encourage Christians to use these resources and many others that are available online. Let’s prepare our hearts for a worthy study of the Word of God in 2015.
Yesterday morning was probably a normal Sunday morning service for most Christians here in North America where we spent a few hours in worship of the Lord with those in our community who are linked together with us through the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. What some of us don’t know is just how fortunate we are to have the opportunity once the service is done to walk home in a relatively peaceful environment. Let’s face it, none of us where too worried about walking to our cars yesterday morning. Most of us weren’t wondering if someone was going to be waiting for us outside or if the stranger that entered the church was going to commit any act of violence. We are all at ease when we settle to pray, sing hymns and be edified. The only distraction we can expect is that of a child who needs to be taken out of the room after a temper tantrum. Yet, this is not the case is many areas in the Middle East and elsewhere where Christians who gather to worship on Sundays are very well risking their very lives. Just yesterday a group of Islamic militants entered into a church in Pakistan killing approximately 78 people and this is just a tip of the iceberg. In many places the worship service is held in hiding due to the fact that this mere act of Worship is outlawed by the government or by religious extremist.
While I know most Christians in North America (even here in apathetic Moncton) are sympathetic towards those Christians who have been murdered for their beliefs, my question is: how close do you really feel to these individuals who are Christians in these Majority Muslim countries? If you are a Christian, do these people really mean something to you? I know these are difficult questions to answer but they are questions that require of us to ponder their reality nonetheless. We as people have a real difficult time feeling for someone we’ve never met. This is a reality that we are all guilty of. We often will express our outrage or sorrow but rarely is it truly heartfelt. We see tragedy everyday on the television and as soon as the segment is done we move on to our normal lives without skipping a beat. What if, however, the segment on the news was announcing that one of your siblings had just been murdered by a ruthless gang of murderers? How quickly do you gather that you would move on? Our reaction to such news would certainly cause us overwhelming grief. What we sometimes forget is that through the blood of the covenant of the Lord Jesus Christ, through our New Birth, we become adopted into the family of God. God becomes our Father in a very special way and we as believers become brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. We have a family that is bonded together by the person of Jesus Christ and our love for one another should surpass even that of an earthly family. The horrors of the mass murder of Christians in these countries should be a difficult tragedy to bear and it certainly should bring us to our knees. We should be shocked and grieved by the news of the murder of a family member.
Let’s not forget those who died for their faith in Christ. Let’s show support for these brethren by remembering their families in our prayers and earnestly offering ourselves in any way we can.
President Obama is preparing to attack the current Syrian government based upon his evidence that chemical weapons were used on the rebels who are attempting to overthrow the current Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad. Seeing that I’m a christian and there are Christians in Syria who are a minority, I take the view that Obama is going to be doing more harm than good for these Christians by toppling the current regime and aiding (and arming I might add) the rebels who consist of most Al Qaeda members. After reading this article in the National Post, I’m even standing more firmly in my conviction that siding with these rebels is a very bad idea.
When I had originally began this blog I had began posting a series of posts called “The Weekend Question” where I wanted to hear the opinion from my readers as well as strike some discussion on various biblical topics. I thought that I would begin this again. Please feel free to take the poll and leave a comment if you’d like to elaborate on your answer.
This week’s question is based upon the christian and the consumption of alcohol
Living in a North Amercian culture has reflected negatively upon Christianity and its history. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ was built upon a suffering people and the blood of the martyrs and we would be wise to remember the historical data. Nothing short of life under the strong oppression and death has proven how real the person of Jesus Christ is to an individual. While many would see this as fanaticism on the part of the individual, we know that there is more to it than that. People committing suidice bombings and a person being tortured and put to death willingly are two separate things.
Another issue with North American culture is how its media selects what news it wants its readers to know about. I was reading this article today about a Christian neighberhood that was looted and burned in Pakistan by Muslims all because of their blasphemy law which allows the Muslim to make accusations against his “enemy” at will without any fairness to the other side. Again, so much for the religion of peace. Most of us here cannot even fathom the horrors of what it must be like to be a christian under these circumstances. The problem is that most of us don’t even know these situations are going on due to the lack of coverage by the media. There are wonderful websites communicating the persecution of christians throughout the world such as Voices of Martyrs however the secular news agency seems oblivious or unwilling to communicate these things to us.
I believe it is up to us as christians to make others aware of the suffering of our brothers & sisters throughout the world. It is up to us to tell their story to others and to pray for them with all earnestness. It is our duty as christians to help these individuals any way we can. Let us be reminded that one day this persecution will come our way and in ways that will be just as severe. Let us hope we will persevere as they do!