A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-1-20
This Should Not Be Happening
What’s Happening: “Words should have consequences, but sentencing a 13-year-old to ten years in an adult prison in Sharia-law-controlled northern Nigeria for blasphemy aroused such ire in Auschwitz Memorial Director Piotr Cywinski, that he offered to serve the time for the boy. If the boy had been older, the sentence would have been death. Although condemned by the U.N. and others, Nigeria is a sovereign state, and as such, cannot be compelled to do anything. And the constitution of the officially secular state supposedly guarantees freedom of religion. A visit by the Nigerian president to the memorial had given the director some hope that his offer would be accepted. To date, there has been no response from the Nigerian government (https://www.yahoo.com/news/auschwitz-director-offers-serve-time-185809700.html). Quoting The Telegraph article on September 29: ‘Mr Alapinni, a graduate of the University of Essex and a secularist campaigner, says he will keep fighting [in] Omar’s corner. ‘Section 10 of the constitution says Nigeria is a secular state. We are not Iran; we are no Saudi Arabia; we are not the Vatican. We are a multi-religious state with freedom of thought, expression and religion enshrined in the constitution,’ he said. ‘This should not be happening.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “That’s excessive…what did he say?”
Biblical Response: “You think! And what does it matter what he said? He should be given ‘time out’…not time in prison! Every 13-year old says irresponsible stuff. And that should be handled by a parent (Prov. 22:6)! When the government begins doing the parents’ job…things often get out of hand (do you hear that U.S., who wants to manage your child’s education and training from preschool up?)! ”
“Christians? We believe raising kids is the parents’ responsibility, not the government’s (Heb. 12:5). Of course that is a Christian principle, and in the Bible…Muslims live by the Quran.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to applaud anyone who tries to be a self-sacrificing substitute…like Your Son (1 Cor. 5:7), and not be afraid to tell them why we approve; in Jesus’ Name, amen.
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