A Twenty First Century Inquisition

Posted: December 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
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We live in a nation where we cherish our freedoms. They include freedom of speech and freedom of worship, and often those overlap. We are free to say whatever we want to say about our faith, and about the faiths of others. We live in a nation where it is considered one of our freedoms to even be able to utter words of blasphemy.

That is not the case in many parts of our world. I have received my December copy of Christianity Today. They offer a book review of Silenced, by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. The subtitle of the book says that it is a report of “How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide.”

I am not an alarmist or a doomsday prophet. I intend to read this book, and I encourage you to do the same. Tens of millions in our world today are victims of violent persecution, such as torture, rape, “disappearance”, unjust imprisonment, and execution. As muich as 70% of the world’s population lives in places where freedom of religion is restricted, as well as freedom of speech.

Can it come to the USA? Absolutely. I posted an article last week challenging our misplaced values. Someone reposted the article and drew more discussion than I did. But one individual suggested that not everyone feels called to address social issues or “change the world.”
I would suggest one way to lose the privileges and freedoms that we have is to simply do nothing and only be concerned about our individual lives.

Jesus said, “WHoever would save his own life, will lose it.” We are no longer separated as the world was a couple of centuries ago. What happens anywhere in the world can have major impact on us. Think about it.


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