Religion and politics make perfect sense to me. In these Sunday Faith news and views posts I bring news and views of both, concerning the other, or each individually. See two videos about Japan below.
This week in the news are 1) Christian relief programs for Japan. Operation Blessing and Samaritan’s Purse are among those doing inspired work. 2) A Christian died in this week’s Jerusalem bombing, and 3) the question of who is taking the mantle of power in Egypt is no longer an unanswered question.
In views: 1) how should we feel about American action in Libya, and the prospect that we may be needed in every oppressed country in the world; 2) do you believe what you ask of God is “something already done;” and have you taken a look at God’s majesty this Spring? 4) With no commentary in this post, I want to give you an election resource. If you have no idea who you want on the Conservative ticket in 2012, take a look at Doug Ross’ analysis. It is very thoughtful and sticks to the issue on the ten possible candidates from his viewpoint. The next president of this country must be a matter of prayer and our hard work. We are called to do this.
Mary Gardner was a Christian from Scotland who died in the Muslim terrorist attack in Jerusalem last week. Ms. Gardner was studying at the Hebrew University Rothberg International School. She was translating the Bible into the language of a Togo tribe. Six Americans are among the injured.
The bomb that detonated on a Jerusalem street was not a suicide bombing. A suitcase bomb was placed at a bus stop and kiosk, a phone booth, known since 1994 as the place where another bomb exploded – with the ominous moniker the “blast of a kiosk.”
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN.com) has Operation Blessing underway to provide aid to Japan. The death toll stands at 8,000 and rising. There are an estimated 12,200 still missing. Homeless: 500,000. Think of that: 500,000 people without a home. I hope you will watch the video below, and join much of the world in prayers for the country.
Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse flew 92 tons of aid to Japan this week – diapers, food, blankets, hygiene products. What a work Americans are doing in Japan! See a video at the site linked in the paragraph and see the second video below.
Ramez Atallah, the leader of the bible Society of Egypt says the approved referendum vote in Egypt last week was lobbied for by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. If you are not aware of what is happening to the “freedom fighter” rebellion in Egypt, read The Youth are Gone: Bearded People Taking Charge in Egypt – The Muslim Brotherhood Celebrates in Cairo. Christians in Egypt, along with Constitutional scholars, and the youth that brought the revolution, were largely opposed the referendum. From Atallah, and he is asking for our prayers with specific needs:
For many of us, the referendum was a lithium test to determine how strong the Christian and the open-minded elements in the country really are. It is clear from the result that we represent a significant but small minority surrounded by a grassroots majority of Egyptians who probably seek a more distinctly Muslim nation.
LIBYA: AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, Duty and Obligation:
Chuck Colson on America and Libya – A viewpoint. Reader’s what is your opinion about U.S. military action in Libya? Mine is below Colson’s remarks.
Michelle Obama had said that when her husband won the nomination for President, it was the first time in her life she’d been proud of her country. Then Novak told me that he had never been so ashamed of his country as when our leaders failed to lift a finger to stop the massacre in Libya. Strong, sobering words.
And now the U.S. has been shamed into action by, of all things, the United Nations, which declared a no-fly zone over Libya, and the government of Libya then announcing a cease-fire. But for American honor and credibility among the oppressed people of the world the damage has been done. We dawdled too long — just has we did with the genocide in Rwanda.
Here’s my opinion: We help the oppressed around the world with our presence and our dollars as long as a single penny NEVER makes it’s way into the pocket of a dictator or other evil force – and when we do go in, we do the job to the max. We leave no avenue for for the same problem to arise in the future. If that means killing innocents in the name of really freeing the people, then that is what we do. We are fighting war-after-war with half-measures. The mantra that we are “protecting” civilians is a ridiculous ruse. What happens when we leave? We know the answer, and it isn’t acceptable. Smitty at The Other McCain is also talking about the “lack of victory in wars, as evidenced by actual peace and challenges Mark Steyn commentary.
Carl at GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus is talking about our faith in our own prayers, and about death. When we pray do we believe that our earnest requests of God are “something already done?” He specifically quotes the Apostle Paul on the matter of death and what God did through Christ.
Through the power of the resurrection, the very same power that entered into our hearts through the process of the new birth, the life that was in Christ, now residing within us … makes what Jesus has done so certain, that it may be spoken of … as a thing that is already done…
When God sent Jesus into the world He intended to do more than just abolish death. There are some other things God wants to make certain our lives. It has to do with what is called making … a declaration of faith.
Carl’s discussion is on “faith,” and the aspects of it. For me, it is one of the most difficult tenants of God’s word to completely grasp. In the main, how do we square unanswered prayer, unless we see our requests as always answered, just not in the manner we requested. I believe it has to do with praying within God’s will – a very difficult subject for mortals.
Readers, Carl’s weekly column is always focused and concise. Sometimes I may see more or less than his intent. My apologies when that happens. I hope you will read Carl’s Something Already Done for yourself and if you feel compelled to do so, discuss it with him in comments.
Z at GeeeeeZ! is my Sunday Faith News and Views mentor. This week she has some beautiful reminders of God’s handiwork for our respite and enjoyment. We are assured He is the Almighty: no other could have created the incredible majestic beauty of His world. If you are still knee-deep in snow, take a look at some of that majesty at GeeeeeZ!
Japan: Surveying the Damage (video)
Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse in Japan (video)
Previous Sunday Faith News/Views:
March 2, 2010: In the news is the death of a Christian minister, Andre Lachapelle, in Sendai, Japan, and the release from a Haiti prison of Christian missionary, Danny Pye. In views: Words…just words. They matter.
February 27, 2010: In the news, the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and Bibles and Communion on the Moon. In the Views category, the advent of Chrislam (or Chr-Islam) and my own viewpoint; and if your days on earth are numbered by The Almighty, can you make it possible to die before your time? See a video on Chrislam below.
February 19, 2011: Dr. Tom Little murdered by Taliban in Afghanistan; Grace and Mercy Hebrews 4:14-16; Video: Kamal Saleem, A Muslim Cries out to Jesus
February 13, 2011: Video of Tommy Emmanuel Guitar: Amazing Grace; Echoes of God; Binding and Loosing Matthew 18:19; Did you know there is such a thing as Christian news from a black Christian perspective?; and a Yale Divinity School graduate student talks about Christianity in Egypt.
January 23, 2011: Is Christianity conservative, socialist/left or neither?; The New Year’s Day attack against te Coptic Christian Church in Alexandria, Egypt; Lahore, Pakistan – Christians converting to Islam to keep families safe; The Spirit of Fear 2nd Timothy 1:7, How to politely call someone a Bastard; Are dead birds and fish around the world a sign of end days?, The Pagan Caucus.
January 16, 2011: The European Union erases Christianity from calendars; The Christian church in Armenia, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Rabbi speaks; How would Eve know evil before God revealed it?; Protecting Christians in Islamic countries, 70 Christians jailed in Iran since Christmas 2010, Being a blessing to those you love, What Really Happened in Eden; Can we see Jesus Better Than the Saints in the Bible, and the Eyes to see the Risen Lord;
January 9, 2011: the Christian church in Irbil, Iraq; Christians dying at the hands of Islam in Iraq; Blotting out the Law – Jesus took it out of the way; The American Patriot’s Bible and Abraham Lincoln; Christian blogs; The UK YWCA renames itself – “Christian” no longer represents the YWCA women; Faith and you iPhone.
January 2, 2011: The Ten Commandments and God’s will for The Law in our lives today – Colossians 2:14; A story of faith and the Rose Bowl, The new Congress may be the most pro-life House ever; New oversight of taxpayer money going to the United Nations and The Epiphany and Christian traditions blessing your home.