‘Bite size’ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
HARD-LINE PAKISTANI RELIGIOUS LEADER KHADIM RIZVI DIES
Week ending 26 NOVEMBER 2020 – PAKISTAN – Pakistani religious leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi died from unknown causes. Founder of the far-right Tehreek-e-Labba (TLP) party which was responsible for recent anti-France protests. He also played a prominent role in demanding the hanging of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.
From a Christian Perspective – it is tempting to want to celebrate the departure of someone so opposed to Christ and His followers; to give thanks for the reprieve from the relentless persecution from one so driven to uphold the ‘purity’ of Islam. But, is that what the Lord does?
CEASEFIRE BETWEEN MOROCCO AND WESTERN SAHARA’S POLISARIO FRONT COLLAPSES
Week ending 26 NOVEMBER 2020 – WESTERN SAHARA – Analysts have expressed concern that renewed fighting in Western Sahara between the Polisario Front and Morocco after a 29-year ceasefire threatens regional stability and renews fears for the security and future of Sahrawi refugees – most of whom have been displaced since 1975.
From a Christian Perspective – people on the edge of society are always affected by political instability and uncertainty. Most Christians in this region still find themselves on the edge and will always be affected by any kind of instability.
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.
CHURCH BUILDINGS – DO THEY MATTER?
28 JULY 2020 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unprecedented decree (10 July) converting Hagia Sophia once again into a mosque continues to reverberate across the region and beyond. The controversy raises some interesting questions regarding church buildings. Where do church buildings fit in? What is their purpose in the life of a Christian? Are they necessary? And if so, in what way? In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many church buildings have been closed for months and some wonder what the future holds for traditional church buildings?
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