In this edition of “Weekly Saints”, I’m sharing the story of how 45 Christians were martyred in Uganda between 1885 and 1887. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, beginning in 1879, Catholic missions were established in Uganda (then known as Buganda) and thrived until 1884 when Mwanga came to the throne. Threatened by the growing number of… Continue reading Uganda in the late 1880’s
Where is your moral outrage for atrocities, terrorism and persecution happening in other countries?
Late last night the ACLU announced that a federal judge in Brooklyn, Ann M. Donnelly, “issued an emergency stay against President Donald Trump’s executive order nanning immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries, temporarily allowing people who have landed in the United States with a valid visa to remain.” – Ben Dreyfus; Mother Jones The stay does… Continue reading New Religious Policy
In the coming days and weeks, you’re probably going to see some memes and posts on social media that talk about the possibility of a Muslim registry.
I saw one this morning with a quote from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that says
“I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.”
I am not for a Muslim registry in the United States, or anywhere for that matter. And I will do all that I can to stand up and fight this policy, except one thing.
I will not register, as Albright says she will, for the registry should one become a policy.
As a Christian, I cannot in good faith stand up and be on the record that I am a Muslim.
Being a Christian is a huge part of my identity. If I take away that identity, it would be like I am saying I am ashamed of the gospel (c.f. Romans 1:16) and of my faith in Christ.
And I believe it is better for my Christian witness to say that I think that a Muslim registry or any other policy that prohibits the freedom of religion is wrong, but I choose to do so without giving up my own faith or identity as a Christian.
To stand up for those of other religions who are being discriminated against shows the world that God’s word and law is love. To do so without giving up my own identity shows conviction of my faith in Christ.
But, we should not and cannot support governmental policies created out of fear.
Yesterday, I wrote about Stephen’s example to us as the first Christian martyr. While I was writing that post, I imagined a possible conversation between Stephen and Paul. Aside from Acts 7 recording the first Christian martyrdom, there’s something else in Stephen’s story. It’s the first time we’re introduced to the apostle Paul. “Then they… Continue reading Strange way to become friends
It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for our “Weekly Saint”. This week I choose Stephen. I’ve always admired Stephen even though there’s relatively little that we know about him from scripture. Acts 6: By this time in the early church, the apostles had their hands full and were feeling a bit overwhelmed. They wanted… Continue reading Stephen