‘Bite size‘ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
WORLD LEADERS TAKE DRASTIC MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO NEW OMICRON VARIANT
Week ending 2 December 2021 – World – On Friday 26 November, the World Health Organisation (WHO) designated the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 – named ‘Omicron’ – a variant of concern, based on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE), who found that Omicron has several mutations that may impact its behaviour.
From a Christian Perspective – While this news has caused global concern, Christians should not be shocked and shaken by the emergence of yet another variant – not only based on virological trends but because the Lord warned us. In Luke 21:11, Jesus tells us that among the signs of the end times, “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”
CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE AT ALARMING LEVELS
Week ending 2 December 2021 – World – On Tuesday 23 November, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a report stating that West and Central Africa has the highest number of child soldiers in the world and the most underage victims of sexual violence. The UNICEF also reported that more than 57 million children in the region need humanitarian assistance.
From a Christian Perspective – One of the reasons we should be concerned about the state of children in the world is because they are the future of the Church and missions. The enemy knows how ‘soft’ and receptible children’s hearts are to God’s love and His gospel, so he strategically targets them when they are at their most vulnerable. God commands His people to care for children and consider them as He does.
CHURCHES BURNED AND CHRISTIANS TARGETED IN INDIA?
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
“Brothers and sisters, urgent prayer request. Pray for the Church in India. Buddhist extremists in India burned down 20 churches last night. Tonight want to destroy more than 200 churches in Olisabang province. They want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours. All Christians are hiding in villages… Pray for them and send this message to all Christians you know.
THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE FOR SOUTH AFRICA
20 JULY 2021 – What we see happening in South Africa is the physical manifestation of what is happening in the spiritual realm. The reality is that a spiritual battle is raging across South Africa, and it is being manifested through riots, arson, gang violence, taxi violence, farm murders, etc. When confronted with the scenes of this past week, we must guard our hearts and minds against looking at it purely from a physical perspective.