March 27, 2006

Martyrdom

They say that more Christians have been killed for their faith in the 106 years since 1900 than in the 1,900 years prior. American end times theology focuses on a rapture that rescues Christians either before or half way through a time of tribulation. It is interesting that such a theology has really only been popluarized since WWI.

It is also very American/Western. Americans have one of the few Christian populations that is not suffering tribulation. Abdul Rahman is only a glimpse into the plight of Christians around the World.

ABC news.com gives this very brief article: ABC News: Secret World of Afghan Christians

Brave men and woman face the possibility of torture and death to worship God. I am able to freely walk into any Chrsitian church in America without fear of persecutions. When I was a teenager, I read and re-read the book God's Smuggler. I recognized the faith of Brother Andrew and the power of God. But I was not a Christian. I knew that I had yet to see God work in similarly powerful ways in America or in the church I attended.

Brother Andrew's organization gives aid and resources to persecuted churches around the world. Here is a link to his website: Open Doors USA.

Here is the link to the Persecuted Church Website.

During this Lenten season, while we are able to worship comfortable and imagine the suffering of Christ, lets pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are living the sufferings of Christ.

To contact the Embassy of Afghanistan, the address is:
Embassy of Afghanistan
2341 Wyoming Ave. NW
Washingtong, DC 20008

Their fax number is 202-483-6488 and their e-mail address is info@embassyof afghanistan.org.

2 comments:

  1. An interesting article on search engines entitled "Famous Rapture Watchers" should resolve the question of which rapture view was held by the Christian leaders in past ages. I spotted it on Yahoo. Can you guess (pre, mid, or post) what the overwhelming majority held to? B.N.

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  2. Unfortunately, a few random quotes does not give enough theological insight into the Early Church Father's understanding of eschatology. I don't think they thought in terms of pre, mid, or post. They believed Jesus' return would be soon, that suffering persecution and martyrdom were fulfilling the suffering of Christ, and that God would set everything right in the end.

    From the article, I seem to conclude that Mcpherson was able to make the quotes say whatever he wanted.

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