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John: Yes Bea I has. What you think ‘bout all this?
Bea: My Lord. It’s frightenin. We use ta get up offerings for missions in church sometimes. But nobody knew all of this was goin‘ on. How come we’s didn‘ knows people getting sacrificed just cause there’s Christians?
John: This is what Jael’s been talking ‘bout. We’s in the last days Bea, and we all have to buckle up and do more! Bea is ya listening?
Bea: And children bein’ forced to give up Christian upbringin and swear to follow Islam! Why that’s dawnrigh criminal! How does them dogs gets away with that? How does their’s parents let ‘em get away with that?
Bea: Well course I do. The pastors preach ‘bout these things sometime. I’s ain’t ignorant John. It’s just that sometimes I don’t like to see or hear about these unpleasantrees. They can be upsetting and I have to watch my health. But John, remember I go with the Ladies Auxiliary to serve in them Mission Kitchens durin’ holidays. And I’s been a good God-fearin mother and wife.
John: Ya got to realize Bee. But being Christian’s more than just goin’ ta church and buying and giving and wearing them wholesale Christian t-shirts. Its lovin’ and carin’ and and forgivin’ and givin’ and prayin’. And its carin ‘bout others even if they ain’t the same or look the same as you. Its carin’ for peoples both at home and abroad. Don’t ya see that Bea?
Bea: I know John. I know. I does what I cans when I gets the times.
John: O.K. Bea. Have you called Jude yet? And that neighbor of his ya was so upset ‘bout, Ethel Mae Johnson? She’s a widow woman tryin’ to care for her daughter’s orphaned children. She could use a Christian ladies’ help Bea. She wrote a letter to Jael sayin’ she hoped to meet you sometime.
Bea: I knows. I knows John. I’m gonna call ‘em soon. I just ain’t got round to it yet. But I’s gonna.
John: Well o.k. See that ya do. I got to go now Bea. Talk to ya soon.
Bea: O.K. John. Take care and keep prayin’.
John: I will. You too. Bye!
Special Report From:
International IATTWJ Correspondent
This reporter rushes to add to current updates on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. At least one nation not covered in the current Earth End series is Sudan. I and other international members of the International Association of Truth Telling Women Journalists (IATTWJ) are encouraged for this opportunity to go behind media headlines about the vote to separate North and South Sudan. The battle between often-vicious Muslims in the North and often-slaughtered Christians in the South has been raging for some 50 years.
In the Middle East Quarterly, Francis M. Deng summarizes: “Over two million people have died as a result of the war and related causes, such as war-induced famine. About five million people have been displaced, while half a million more have fled across an international border. Tens of thousands of women and children have been abducted and subjected to slavery. By all accounts, it appears to be the worst humanitarian disaster in the world today.” Most of those victims killed, displaced and enslaved are Christians.
Thanks to decades-long increasing international sanctions, particularly from the Obama administration, North Sudan agreed to a recent referendum allowing the South to separate and form a separate nation. And various news sources report this week that the overwhelming majority of voters in South Sudan voted to separate from the North. So at last there may be hope after this 50 year struggle.
But three factors loom on this happy horizon: 1) Opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi threatens civil war against the current Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled Sudan with an iron hand for some 23 years; 2) Some half-million Christians living in North Sudan expect more severe persecution after the election, including stronger enforcement to convert to Islam or give up homes and businesses and relocate to the new country in South Sudan; and 3) Allocation of profits from oil deposits in South Sudan shipped through pipelines in North Sudan––a factor which in itself has aggravated this half-century struggle.
Thanks to this open door from Jael Ever and Earth Ending, I will submit updates on these developments in future IATTWJ Reports. For now please join me and my fellow journalists in using examples from Christian prayer books to thank God for the victory vote in Sudan, to pray for Christians now trying to establish a new and separate nation, and to pray for believers left behind in the North Sudan.
Is it not ironic that Christians in Iraq now suffer persecution and even death as a fall-out from a war with Iraq that the United States, a supposed Christian country, precipitated? Is it not more strange that there has been little fanfare from Christian leaders in the United States, including some politicians who wear the Christian mantra––most of whom supported the Iraq invasion? Is anyone noticing that this anti-Christian fervor has spread to Egypt, Indonesia and other Muslim nations?
Should not one wonder why American officials often speak out, bending over backward, to protect Muslims and mosques in this country, but seem to have done little to protect Christians and churches in Muslim countries? Do they not realize that the deaths and injuries from attacks against Christians in the Muslim world are increasing? One must also wonder if it is because professing Christians suffering in these countries are not of the same denominations, sects, parties, or clubs of professing Christians in this country?
But of course those innocent Muslims under attack in this country were not of the same denomination or sect either? And of course, is there not outrage from Christian leaders in this country when Israel is attacked or called into question? Then, why no outrage when Christians are attacked overseas? Why did President Obama only make his statement against these attacks on Religious Freedom Day: “We condemn the attacks made in recent months against Christians in Iraq and Egypt, along with attacks against people of all backgrounds and beliefs . . .”? Why did he just advocate for “free religious expression around the world”?
Why does the blog site Hot Air mention that members of Congress are urging the President to speak out more forcefully on this issue of Christian persecution? And is that blog correct in reporting that the White House has not adequately responded to warnings from Congressmen in both parties that tepid responses to attacks against Christians “promises more innocent Christian blood in Iraq, more turmoil in that country, and more shame for America”? And is Congresswoman Anna Eshoo correct when she insists that there were 1.4 million Christians, or three percent of the population, in Iraq before the U.S. invasion, and today, through a mass exodus and violence only about 400,000 remain?
What do professing Christians, especially politicians and clergymen, think the Bible means by the term, Body of Christ, or the phrase “love the brotherhood”? Do they think that the words “body,” “love,” or “brotherhood” are simply part of some Christian word puzzles? Are they not aware that the Apostle Paul warns in 1 Corinthians 12, that in that Body, when the foot hurts, the Body aches, and when the arm is wounded, the whole Body suffers immeasurably? So then why do some professing Christians still show so little concern for others in The Body? Or how does one discern between profession and reality? How indeed?
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