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Truth to the neediest
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WORLD CHANGING CHRISTIANS (Cont’d)
Are we pleading the case of the fatherless and the widows? Are we taking care of the weakest and the poorest? The South Sudanese don’t have a good answer to this question. For years, they were completely abandoned during the civil war, while they were dying for the sake of Jesus Christ. Quite no Christian leader from the West had come to encourage them. During this time they were trying all along not to be Islamized. They were obliged to hide themselves in the bush, to resist the bombings, to escape the ones who abducted them and sold them into slavery. In Khartoum or in the desert in northern Sudan, so many Christians have been tempted to convert to Islam, which was for them the only way of having a house, or a job, or simply food and clothes. When they refused (and the majority of them have refused) they were put in camps, living in horrible conditions, enduring hunger, violence, rape etc.
During this period, comfortable Christians, all over the world, were going to church every Sunday, listening to very comfortable preachings, and buying very cheap salvation teachings assuring them of eternal life, whatever they do. In some churches, salvation has become a marketing tool, and their preachers have taken the role of God in judging between the “saved” and the others. In Burundi, a pastor even told me: “I give eternal life in my church”. When I replied to him that only God can give it, he didn’t understand, and just kept repeating: “I give eternal life in my church”. Pride deceives many of our church leaders, and often religion leads them out of reality. They have distorted the meaning of religion, reducing it to rituals, although James 1:27 is so clear: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (NIV)
How long will we keep spending big amounts of money for fake crusades of evangelization in already evangelized countries? In Kampala, Uganda, for example, has been hosted a huge crusade of this type with 77 pastors from Canada and USA. How many flight tickets, hotel rooms and meals just for these pastors?! Did Jesus send us all over the world just to do spiritual tourism??
And what about the term itself! The historical meaning of “crusade” is “any of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to win the Holy Land from the Muslims” (Encyclopaedia Britannica). In other words, this word represents all the horrors (burnings, destructions, conquests, plunders, rapes, etc.) done by the Christians in the name of God during those times, when one could seriously claim “God wills it” and at the same time use his weapon to steal, kill and destroy, and commit war crimes!
For years during the civil war, no Christian leader ever came to the province of Yei, in South Sudan, just 8 hours drive from Kampala! In this province, the existing two hundreds churches had only ONE car, and no one had ever received agricultural equipment or know-how in a so devastated land! This is what would have meant “love your neighbours as yourself.”
And what about the copyright, which is the first thing one reads when he opens a Christian book! Usually the Christian authors claim that what they have written is from the Holy Spirit. They have received it freely then. But immediately, they claim a copyright, i.e. a right of being author of something they admit was not from them… Matthew 10:8 says “…Freely you have received, freely give. ” You see, they will say to you that this is the law, and if they do not protect the copyright, they won’t be able to publish, etc. This is precisely the problem: the law of the land has become stronger than the law of love which is from God. Instead of bringing light to the world, Christians have been invaded by the patterns of the world, and some of them have become famous in their own name…
Do we still have the same courage as the Black American churches in the time of Dr. King? Do we have the strength of the isolated South Sudanese churches? Do we have the love of the other persecuted churches in the world?
The expression “global village” is only practiced by politicians and businessmen, but it is nor in the hearts neither in the actions of the Christians.
The Body of Christ should have transformed us in one family of the children of God, far beyond the simplistic idea of the “global village”. We should have been more advanced than the non-Christians in sharing and caring for others in the world.
“No coward soldier!”, sang the Gospel singer Shirley Caesar at the time of the Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr. It is time now to stop to please men. Galatians 1:10 is so clear: “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be as servant of Christ.”(NIV). It is now the time to do the will of God. We need to be more courageous warriors of love to change the world and establish His kingdom on earth.
“People claim they are born again although they are not changed”
“Jesus sent us into the world”
“Are we pleading the case of the fatherless and the widows?”
“Buying very cheap salavation preachings”
“Pride deceives many of our church leaders and religion leads them out of reality”
“Did Jesus send us all over the world just to do spiritual tourism?”
“Do we still have the same courage the Black American Churches had in the time of Dr King?”
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