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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-13-20

Tit for Tat

What’s Happening: “When U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Representative Chris Smith, and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback expressed criticism of the Communist Chinese government’s recent detention of over 1 million people of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, the Chinese government slapped sanctions on them. Of course, the Chinese said it was in retaliation for U.S, sanctions. Although travel restriction and prohibition of property exchanges were imposed by both sides, there were no plans by either side affected. The Chinese Communists claim they have closed the camps and released the ‘re-education’ detainees. That seems to be a reality for some, but not for all. Relocation to forced labor factories was the lot of some ( Quoting from the Associated Press article that appeared earlier today: ‘Critics have likened the camps to prisons to which inmates are sentenced with little due process and where they are compelled to denounce their religion, language and culture and pledge allegiance to the Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping. An Associated Press investigation has also discovered allegations that women in Xinjiang’s predominantly native Uighur ethnic group were forced to use birth control or undergo involuntary sterilizations.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I am glad I’m not a Uighur or a Muslim and CERTAINLY glad I don’t live in China!”

Biblical Response:  “While I am glad also (on those three counts and others), I still hope you identify with their plight and that leads to praying for them and other actions…rather than just being grateful you are not similarly suffering (James 2:15-17). There is a reason that people the world over are trying to get in America and are willing to risk their lives to do so.” 

“As far as sanctions go, the four that were sanctioned by China should consider the sanctions aa a badge of honor that they are being persecuted for their statements. In fact, if it were me, I would wonder what further ire I could incur.”

“Christians? We are not unfamiliar with persecution (2 Cor. 4:9). From the First Century to the present, this has been our joyful lot. The heart attitude of one of Jesus’ apostles (Andrew) as recorded by John Foxe (Pg.9, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, 1563): ‘O cross, most welcomed and long looked for!  With a willing mind, joyfully and desirously, I come to thee, being the scholar of Him which did hang on thee; because I have always been thy lover, and have coveted to embrace thee,’ How do you defeat an attitude like that?! You don’t. Which is one of the reasons Christianity has survived and thrived these last two millennia,”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to never forget the plight of those who suffer persecution, whether or not they are our brethren; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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