A Modern Day Holocaust

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I have to be honest many times when I see a “read more” on Facebook, or a link on a blog or e-mail I lose interest. In our world of instant information our attention span can be pretty short.

I want to say upfront if you are not planning to watch the video attached to this post, this would be a good place to sign-off. Without the video you won’t get the full impact.

The 3 minutes and some seconds you spend watching may change your idea of what it means to “pick up your cross and follow Him” forever.

As the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa increases some believe it will not stop there. Todd Starnes an opinion writer for Fox News affirms this in an article on April 20th “ISIS has released a video showing the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Starnes warns we could be seeing “the beginning of a modern day Holocaust”. It’s only a matter of time before these Islamic Extremists target American churches.”

As we watch these events unfolding it is hard to feel anything but anger, a desire for revenge, retribution. What should our attitude be?

“If you try to hang onto your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it”. Matthew 16:25

There are many ways to give up your life…

You can give up the material comforts of life for the good of another. I know that my parents like many other parents, gave up many things for my brother and I.

You can give up your right to be offended, your right to be angry, your right to treated fairly, even your right to be right.

What if Jesus was talking about giving up more than your material goods and comfort, your right to be treated fairly, more than just suffering persecution or discomfort for a season? What if the evil that is taking place in the Middle East and other places that horrifies us God will use to bring salvation to others? What if Jesus meant “Are you willing to give up your life for my sake”

Not long ago I remember reading about missionaries who were being trained to go into the most dangerous Muslim countries to share the gospel. They were going with the expectation they would not return. Martyrs for the cause of Christ.

As I watched the video below I remembered these young people and wondered how many have already sacrificed their lives that others may know the truth?



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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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1 Response to A Modern Day Holocaust

  1. ptl2010 says:

    For they know not what they do, blinded by the enemy of their souls. May the love of God shine through to the many without hope and full of fear is our prayer. May their eyes be opened. Amen.

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