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Expelled for Christian Witness: The Larger Picture

July 14, 2010

Andalusia, Spain

I had heard the news of Christian workers expelled from North Africa, but nothing prepared me for the depth of sadness they feel at being torn from their neighborhoods and from their Muslim friends.

It is a wound in their hearts, as though Jesus Christ himself were being rejected by the authorities. Jesus Christ said: “He who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Luke 10:16).

Jesus said that religious leaders “will put you out of the synagogues;” and “whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me” (John 16:2).

Thus, the doctrine of the Trinity distinguishes Christianity from other monotheistic religions; when a person has a heavenly Father who knows our needs (Matthew 6:8), he or she settles in his heart to be glad and joyful and giving and loving.

mosque in North Africa

A mosque in North Africa.

Christian workers leave all that is familiar in order to “Go” and “make disciples of all the nations.” Frontiers teams in North Africa have made disciples.

But when governments accuse the teams of “being a danger to society,” the governing powers are themselves being judged; Jesus warned certain cities in His day, “Woe to you, for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago. But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you” (Luke 10:13-14).

Thus, we must pray that those in power will fear God only, and believe in a heavenly Father who knows their needs, lest on the Day of Judgment this rejection of the Christian workers be charged against them.

Next:  Few people realize that freedom to change one’s religion is (supposedly) protected under the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

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