There’s no wall between Christians and the world around us. We walk freely among its people as citizens of heaven and messengers of His love. But there is a wall between what’s holy and unholy. God tells us to “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9)Only by His Word and Spirit in us can we discern the difference and encourage each other to follow His narrow way — in the midst of rising hostility.
by Berit Kjos
The new millennium has brought ominous changes. Last month alone unleashed a flood of anti-Christian plots around the world. All were designed to suppress God’s unchanging truth — a intolerable obstacle to global solidarity. Even “friendly” regimes have joined this war on faith:
“There is a growing and intensifying attack on Christians around the world. It is not just confined to the Middle East and Islamic countries.”
“…lawmakers in the lower house of the Mexican Congress approved a bill officially instituting the separation of church and state….The bill passed 363 in favor with one ‘no’ vote and one abstention. It ‘guarantees the autonomy of institutions from religious norms, rules and convictions…”
“Moroccan authorities raided [the orphanage] Village of Hope and said they were expelling the 20 workers and parents. The 33 children who were being cared for cried out ‘hysterically’ for their foster parents as they were left behind…. Lately Morocco has taken a tyrannical stance against Christians, forcibly deporting foreigners and bringing charges against the Moroccan nationals they associated with.”
“Sweden is forcing Iraqi Christian refugees to leave its country. This will put the lives of Iraqi Christians in greater danger…. Swedish hospitality was beginning to diminish.”
These ideological clashes may look like isolated incidents, but they expose the corrupt values behind the rising system that is shaping our global culture. Mexico, Morocco and Sweden are all tied to the international laws and standards of the United Nations and its many branches — including the Alliance of Civilizations (AOC). This statement from the AOC website gives us a glimpse of its agenda:
“The Alliance seeks to forge collective political will and to mobilize concerted action at the institutional and civil society levels to overcome the prejudice, misperceptions and polarization that militate against such a consensus. And it hopes to contribute to a coalescing global movement which… rejects extremism in any society.”
Do you wonder what they mean by “extremism?” According to media reports, its main expressions are Islamic terrorism and Biblical Christianity! Though neither can be conformed to the UN vision of solidarity, the former provides a useful “crisis” as well as a needed tool for silencing the latter. Click here to read this entire article.