Friday, September 24, 2010
“How can we help you?" The Voice of the Martyrs staff ask that question as they travel to countries where the Church is persecuted. The answer almost always is, "Pray for us." “They aren't asking us to pray that all of their trials and persecution will cease,” VOM reports in their newsletter. “They are asking us to pray that inspite of the things they suffer, God will enable them to remain faithful.”
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, along with organizations like the Voice of the Martyrs, invites you and your church to join this year's International Day of Prayer on November 14th to "Remember those in bonds" (Hebrews 13:3). This year’s theme: “Hearing Their Cry.”
Live and let live! The great world religions need to get along. Christians should respect and love Muslims and share the Good News, says Jim Coggins for Canadian Christianity, and loving them is not to burn copies of the Koran. But Geoff Tunnicliffe, international director for The World Evangelical Alliance, whose organization felt a responsibility to intervene with the pastor who planned the Koran-burning, said in a Washington Post interview, "It has been absolutely the right thing for leaders of various faiths and politicians around the world and the media to condemn [this] act…. My question is: Can these same groups come together when there are significant acts of violence in other parts of the world?”
We invite you to read these articles, participate in the day of prayer for the persecuted Church, and visit our homepage for more selections. You may also wish to check out the following related articles:
Guided by a deep and sincere piety, the eighth Umayyad Caliph, Abd al-Azziz, codified laws to set Muslims and non-Muslims apart. Many of these principles influence Sharia law and create oppression in Islamic countries against Jews and Christians today.
Please see also, “Democracy Can Make No Compromises with Theocracy” by Neil Reynolds for the Globe and Mail. Freedom of religion, he says, requires people of different faiths to live and let live.
Daina Doucet, Online Editor
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