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Bucket Drops 8/10/10

 

Christian Aid Workers Killed by the Taliban

Colorado Dentist among those who lost their lives

Slain Eye Doctor

PA. Nurse among victims

Commentary from Politics Daily

Last week the Taliban admitted to being behind the murder of 10 medical aid workers, 6 of which were Americans.  This particular aid group had been working in Afghanistan on a humanitarian mission and the organization has been there since 1996. Despite the efforts that many undergo to establish peace between Christians and Muslims, we must realize that the world hates Jesus Christ and that includes His Gospel, His Name, and His people.  Maybe you’re reading this and you question whether or not Jesus is even real.  Ask yourself this, if He’s not who He says He is then why does He garner such hate and hostility to the level that people are murdered at the mere mention of His name?  His followers have been brutally murdered for the last 2000 years, mostly by those who refute the claim that He is the Son of God.  If these murders and persecutors don’t believe, then why are they threatened by Him?  The answer:  “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and the people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” John 3:19 As Jesus stated in John 7:7, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that it works are evil.”  

Uzbekistan Jails Baptists, threatens Church

Another, of the near daily, reminders of just how fortunate we are to live in a country where we are free to worship God openly.  Unfortunately, as the old adage goes, you never know what you’ve got until you lose it. 

Muslim protestors surround worshippers in Indonesia

A third story this week on persecution and violence being waged against Christians overseas.  As America becomes less and less “Christian” I wonder just how far away we are from these attacks happening right here in the United States, 25 years? 15? 10 maybe?  There are only 2 foreseeable ways that America gets back on track: 1. Heartfelt repentance of sin that will lead to revival 2. Massive persecution of Christians, sending the True Church underground to strengthen, much like we are seeing in China.

Shariah Law….in the U.S.?

The implications in the story above are quite frightening.  As we know, all it takes is one court case to establish precedence for other cases and before you know it, laws have been changed and new laws are implemented, only in this case the danger is the implementation of Shariah law….…in the United States.

“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; behold he takes up coastlands like fine dust.” Isaiah 40:15

Bucket Drops 8/4/10

 

Church in China experiencing “tremendous” growth

There is an amazing paradigm shift taking place throughout the world as countries that have traditionally been anti-Christian, even to the point of hostile toward the Gospel, are beginning to grow in large numbers.  This article talks about the explosion of church growth in China, moving from an estimated 3 million Christians in the 1970’s to about 130 million today.  The growth has been so exponential it has forced the Chinese government to make amendments to their constitution in order to accommodate more religious freedom.  Despite the occasional persecution of house churches, as the article mentions, worshipping in public is no longer against the law.  Two concerns, one: I pray that these Christians in other countries are growing in God’s Word and that they are becoming mature enough to avoid getting “tossed around by every wind of doctrine.”  Secondly: as I’ve mentioned here before, the largest “unreached people group” is actually the group that has been reached, i.e. Bible Belt/American Christianity, because many believe they are Christians, but really have no idea what that means.  It is good thing to see God working overseas, particularly in Asia & Africa, but let us not lose sight of the needs here at home or soon enough these other countries will look at the United States as the greatest missionary field need.

 

Church hosts “Jesus Shore” event as an alternative to “Jersey Shore” TV series

John MacArthur wrote a book several years ago which was re-released this past year entitled Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church becomes like the World.  In this book, MacArthur compares the “Downgrade Controversy” of Charles Spurgeon’s day to the downgrade taking place today.  The controversy of that era, like today’s, was a rapid descent away from the teaching of sound doctrine and as MacArthur points out in his book the inclusion of church growth methods, entertainment value, and gimmicks to increase church attendance.  Perhaps there is no clearer definition of this than the story linked above where a New Jersey church has organized a “Jesus Shore” event, playing off of MTV’s morally corrupt series, “Jersey Shore” and featured concerts and a Christian tattoo contest.  Look, it’s simple, preach sin, repentance and Christ crucified and leave the growth up to God. 

 

2 Christian Families in Bangladesh extorted and beaten.

Sometimes I think we forget just how blessed we are to live in this country and how thankful we should be to God that His grace has allowed us the opportunity to worship Him freely.  At the same time, we are guilty of taking this for granted and not living out our faith actively enough.  Once, in a Bible study discussion, we were talking about Romans 5:3-5, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” and we centered around the idea that most of us have no idea what this suffering that Paul mentions is all about.  However, the people in this story know firsthand what suffering for Christ is all about.  I pray that as you read it, you thank God for placing you in a country with freedoms.

 

Christians are under attack in academia

The link above is to excellent follow up commentary on the two female counseling grad students who were accused of being homophobic and insensitive to homosexuality.  The original stories were included here:  Bucket Drops 7/29/10

“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:14-16 NASV).

 

 

“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; behold he takes up coastlands like fine dust.” Isaiah 40:15

Christian Music gets Counselor suspended

For a few weeks now, I’ve been reading stories about a Christian persecution taking place overseas.  I’m not talking about remote countries where tribes are fighting daily, or a radical Muslim group, this persecution has been taking place in Great Britain.  Let me just provide you with a brief overview of the latest two:

February 12, 2009 – U.K. A school secretary’s 5 year old daughter who mentioned the name of Jesus was scolded by her teacher for doing so.  Because her daughter became so upset over the matter, the mother emailed a prayer request about the situation to some of her friends at church.  The school found out about the “prayer email” and now the secretary faces disciplinary action for professional misconduct because of both her and her daughter’s profession of faith. WND

February 2, 2009 – U.K. A Christian nurse was suspended for failing to display “personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity.”  Her crime?  The community nurse visited an elderly woman and asked the patient if she could pray for her, to which the patient said no.  When she returned home that day, she found a message on her answering machine stating that she had been suspended without pay and would be forced to attend a disciplinary meeting.  She has since been reinstated. WND

I don’t recall hearing either of these in the mainstream media, as they were likely dismissed as trivial, but there are patterns of this behavior that are beginning to take shape.  Which is why I wasn’t surprised when I heard the latest story of Christian persecution.  Except this time it happened in the United States, specifically in California.  The story broke in 2006, also not covered in the mainstream media, but a lawsuit was filed just last week on behalf of a veteran youth counselor, for abused/abandoned children, who was suspended 6 weeks without pay.  Her crime, “exposing children to unapproved religious activities.”  You might be thinking, “Who is she to be preaching to kids about her faith?  Those children could have different beliefs and she shouldn’t try to influence them.”  Maybe, only she wasn’t preaching or sharing her own faith.  The counselor had taken four teenage girls on an approved field trip to the Anaheim 5k run and then to the beach.  While there, the group watched a surfing contest from the pier and overheard a few minutes of Christian music.  Let me repeat that, the group overheard a few minutes of Christian music.  This resulted in the suspension of the youth counselor. The counselor has since filed suit on February 13, 2009, for religious discrimination. ChristianPost

I know these are just three incidents and there are a lot more, many of which are happening in countries of our closest allies, but many also are happening here in the U.S.  This isn’t a pattern that is short-lived or isolated.  I believe this is what is coming.  I don’t say that to strike fear in the heart of anyone, but for it to serve as a wake-up call to Christians everywhere.  Now is the time to strengthen your faith, return to church, begin reading your Bible and praying. 

Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”