A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-2-20
So That’s Why We Have An Immigration Problem
What’s Happening: “Remember the tragic case of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman just released by Pakistan’s Supreme Court…after spending 10 years in jail for blaspheming the name of Mohammed?! Well, there’s now an even more ridiculous case. Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel, a Christian couple in Pakistan, were convicted in 2014 and have been incarcerated since then and their case is finally coming up for appeal. What makes it ridiculous (aside from being politically/religiously absurd) is they were convicted for sending a blasphemous text when they were not literate enough to have sent it! No matter, judges are so fearful of religious reprisal they fear to release them. No wonder we have an immigration problem! People the world over would love to live where true religious freedom is enshrined (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52889974). Quoting the BBC article: ‘Shagufta’s brother Joseph, who requested his surname not be published, told the BBC the couple were innocent, and he doubted they were literate enough even to have written the abusive messages. Shagufta worked as a caretaker in a Christian school, whilst her husband Shafqat is partially paralysed.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Islam should be outlawed everywhere!”
Biblical Response: “Your sentiment, though probably shared by many, is one of the reasons our Founders wanted to protect religious freedom…and guaranteed it in the very first Amendment.
A religion that can’t stand the scrutiny of everyday life (God intervenes or He doesn’t) won’t be practised long. This ‘survival of the fittest’ sort of ‘supernatural selection’ has served Christianity well these past two thousand years. The only problem is, it causes a huge magnetic draw to America and other countries where this freedom is protected. Maybe other countries will get a hint eventually and foster their own liberating laws…maybe not…maybe that’s why there’s the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).”
“Christians? We don’t believe that Allah is just the Muslim name of Jehovah (jihad, sanctioned by the Muslim’s Q’ran [Koran], has ‘justified’ in many extemists’ minds all kinds of reprehensible activities). Does that give us license to denigrate someone else’s religion? Not hardly! It’s unnecessary. We just know that Jehovah God offers heaven for anyone making Jesus Lord (Rom. 10:9-10). Christianity will work…and stand on its own superiority. That doesn’t mean we are to stand back and just let nature take its course. There are real people who will greatly benefit from knowing the truth (John 8:32; John 14:6).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to have the courage to give the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Pet. 3:15); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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