‘Bite size’ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
AUKUS SECURITY PACT SPARKS MAJOR DIPLOMATIC CRISIS
Week ending 23 SEPTEMBER 2021 – AUKUS – A planned Franco-British defence ministers’ summit became the latest casualty as France stepped up its protests over last week’s trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) – named AUKUS.
From a Christian Perspective – AUKUS is viewed as very Western-centric, which could lead to further antagonism towards Western missionaries already working in non-Western nations, or those desiring to work in these regions. This could further strengthen the shift in mission-sending from the global North to the global South.
IRAN GAINS MEMBERSHIP OF SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION (SCO)
Week ending 23 SEPTEMBER 2021 – IRAN – Iran’s bid to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was approved – after almost 15 years of observer status – by the bloc’s seven permanent members.
From a Christian Perspective – With Iran’s recent membership of the SCO, it would be interesting to see if stronger Iran-China ties result in closer cooperation between the Church in China and Iran and whether this could see multiplication in both countries. Such a development would certainly confirm the trend towards the ‘global South’ becoming the hub of Christianity and missionary-sending.
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.
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