"Life is not fair, they say. There is no such thing as perfect justice," observes the writer of a review for the movie True Grit. We live in a flawed and hollow place … where sometimes the innocent wither and the guilty thrive...." These statements, as true as they are for the movie, sometimes seem just as true in the real world.
In our world we enjoyed Christmas without fear of reprisal. Not so in countries where believers are persecuted for their faith. Around Christmas the National Post ran a rare and detailed account about the suffering of the persecuted Church in several countries. "One of the most ignored stories of 2010," wrote Paul Marshall, "has been the campaign by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab militia in Somalia to kill all Somali Christians on the grounds that they are apostates."
Al-Qaeda's name has appeared in the news several times lately in relation to persecution of Christians. The Bible League reports that an al-Qaeda-inspired group may be responsible for an Egyptian church bombing on New Year's day. Also, according to an article in the Globe and Mail, death threats have been posted on the al-Qaeda website against Canadian Arab Christians.
We invite you to check out these articles. For more selections, please visit our homepage. Here's one of interest. Mark Milke, writing for the Calgary Herald, puts words to something cross-border shoppers have noticed for a while. Canada's federal government has been superb at advancing free trade with everyone in the world, except with cross-border shoppers. He suggests a free trade break for cross-border shoppers.
And more important, have a Happy New Year. May God grant you the desires of your heart this coming year.
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