60 Minutes has a piece on the persecution of Christians in Egypt. Even long after the persecution and martyrdom of Christians is ignored, we still have hope. Persecution is a mark of the church, after all.
it’s a pretentious title for a simple observation: Why does a Jesus-Zombie-Cyborg-Alien get laughs from folks*, yet a Mohammed-zombie-cyborg not? Why is it that folks can incessantly mock Jesus, yet would never dare to laugh at a cartoonish-Buddah or Vishnu parody?
From the outside, I think three things are going on:
1. Many Christians are so hyper-sensitive, hypocritical fuss-budgets that making fun of them is fun.
2. Christians are in the majority. It’s easier and “funnier” to mock the majority view than a minority view. I mean, everyone gets Jesus jokes, but how many people could name the three major gods of Hindus?
3. Christians don’t retaliate with violence or lawsuits. We stink at following Jesus much of the time, but we won’t kill people or take to the streets or courts like some other fervent religious people might. Much of the time we just turn the other cheek. This is a good thing, by the way.
Now, theologically speaking, we shouldn’t be surprised, should we? Christ was treated this way when He walked this earth, why should He be treated differently now? He said this would happen.
*some trailer of an independent movie on vimeo…it’s too vile and offensive and NSFW to post here.
A Christian couple opposed to homosexuality have lost a battle over their right to become foster carers.
Eunice and Owen Johns, 62 and 65, from Derby, said the city council did not want them to look after children because of their traditional views.
The pair, who are Pentecostal Christians, say they were “doomed not to be approved”.
The High Court ruled that laws protecting people from sexual discrimination should take precedence. (read more here)
No doubt you’ll hear more about this from other places. If you’re into AFA and OneNewsNow and Pat Robertson it will be histironic, outrage and reationary garbage.
For my part, I’m just somewhat sad. The United Kingdom was a Christian nation, where the head of state was also head of the (Christian) Church of England. Obviously that is no more when Christians are explicitly deemed to be unfit parents. It is sad to see countries fall.
But I’m also hopeful.
Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.” (Luk 6:22-23 ESV) And, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.” (John 7:7 ESV)
Praise God for his faithful, and for those that hate them, that we all may find mercy with God.