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Liberty and freedom are desirable everywhere. Tyranny and oppression are threats everywhere. Revival and growth for the Kingdom of God should be a goal for Christians from every nation for every nation.
Related to this topic, Oz Guiness has a recent book called: The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity.
"The human race is in the best condition when it has the greatest degree of liberty." - Dante Alighieri, De Monarchia, 1559
We are all better off when we all enjoy freedom to deliberate and debate and to seek to influence others through reasoned persuasion (rather than having control be directed through tyranny and coercion).
Freedom of relgion, conscience and expression are essential for all. Let there also be justice. Almighty God will judge in the end. He will reward and He will repay.
Jesus was a multi-lingual, cross-cultural missionary. The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ reached beyond the Jews. The travels of Jesus included places in Phoenicia (modern Lebanon) like Tyre and Sidon. In the Old Testament, Jonah preached to the Ninevites who repented and Namaan the Syrian was healed of his leprosy. Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian king gave remarkable testimony as recorded in Daniel 4.
Old Testament prophets and the Lord Jesus Christ spoke more languages that Hebrew alone.
Ever year, Joseph and Mary went up to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover (Luke 2:41). When Jesus studied in the temple for multiple days at twelve years old, there it is likely that he spoke Hebrew.
"And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." (Luke 2:46â€“47)
With those debts to pay, you know that there will be greater aversion and a little less courage to proclaim faithful gospel messages with themes like repentance, self-denial and the Lordship of Jesus Christ that might offend and send people away.
There is an entrenched power structure in many church organizations that possesses exclusivity in access to:
Pay Position Prestige Professional status Pastoral prerogatives Pastoral privileges Parsonages (if applicable) Personal and positional honors Pastoral conferences Preaching privileges Prelacy powers Private information access Preferred tax status Pensions
This all has an influence. The status quo has its attractions for those who benefit from the status quo.
But, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our LORD and of His Christ and He will reign forever.
Christopher000 wrote: Interesting, Watch and Pray. Serves as a start reminder that we never know how God will use any seemingly trivial effort at some point in a person's life to draw them to Him. I view life as one enormous jigsaw puzzle. Trillions of pieces that are in constant motion and readjusting themselves with every action, decision, prayer, etc. Those puzzle pieces are moving around based upon our own efforts and prayers as well, and any little thing, even a smile or a helping hand at the right moment in time could be the catalyst which ends up joining two pieces together at some point down the road. I guess my point is that we should never give up and always pray about what we can do whether its helping at a soup kitchen or dropping of a gallon of milk to a neighbor. We just never know what God has planned or how we're being uses, although we may never witness the results.
christopher00, thank you for reading. TY for your comments. Yes, little things matter in ways that we may not be able to predict. God directs Providence as in Providence, RI.
10+ years ago, our family enjoyed a visit to the American Bible Society building and Bible museum located in NYC on Broadway near Columbus Circle and Central Park. It was a great experience in a great location.
Some years earlier, while walking towards home as a high school student, I received a Good News New Testament distributed by the ABS. I was not an evangelical Christian at the time. It was an influence that helped to direct me toward a commitment to Christ that I made approximately 7 years later.
In episode 1 of the first Cosmos series done by Carl Sagan in 1980, there were explanations of young stars, old stars, quasars, supernovas and spiral galaxies with many photos from space. An overview of the history of astronomy was given.
In episode 1 of the new Cosmos series in 2014, there were multiple artists renderings presented as fact. Examples included earth as it appeared 250 millions years ago and views near the surface of Venus. Broad, poetic generalizations were made like "the vast cosmic ocean and numberless worlds". Instead of a history of astronomy, there was an extended and partially animated focus on the life and martyrdom death of one Giordano Bruno from the 16th century.
Both episode 1's made references to a big bang and to compressing the history of the universe into a single year.
Cosmos II has the platform now for presenting its message. Episode 2 and beyond are coming.