Six years ago March 2, Clement Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down outside his mother’s home in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. Bhatti, was the first Christian appointed to governmental cabinet position in Pakistan and served in that position for three years before being killed for no other reason than his Christian beliefs. At the University… Continue reading Weekly Saint: Clement Shahbaz Bhatti
It’s day 3 of our “Around the World in 40 days” Lenten series. We’re traveling the world through our computers and devices, checking in with our fellow Christians and learning some new things. So far we’ve visited Cameroon and Wallis & Futuna. Today we’re skipping over to Sweden. The first part of writing process is… Continue reading Sweden
Good morning! Welcome to the first day of Lent, and to our first in the “Around the World in 40 Days” series where we’ll explore a different country each day, except on Mondays. Today, we travel to Cameroon. Now there’s a country we don’t often hear about in the news in this part of the… Continue reading Cameroon
October 20, 2008 was a pretty unremarkable day; not much happened that carried a great deal of historical significance. Except for one family who had their world turned upside down. On that day in October of 2008, Gayle Williams of England and South Africa, was shot in the street by two men on a motorbike… Continue reading Weekly Saint: Gayle Williams
Above the west entrance to Westminster Abbey there is a statue made by Neil Simmons of Wang Zhiming, a Chinese Christian. It is one of 10 statues at the Abbey dedicated to 20th century Christians martyrs. The death of Wang Zhiming reminds me of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. In Daniel 6, King Darius signed… Continue reading Weekly Saint:Wang Zhiming
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.
With everything that’s going on in the world, Hungary probably isn’t on your radar. But, there are two articles I recommend to you about Hungary. The first is a news article from the Budapest Times, one of two weekly newspapers owned by a private publishing company in Hungary. The article, a written interview with Tamás Török (by… Continue reading True commitment to persecuted Christians from Hungary?