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With most of his flock having fled Libya's violence, Tripoli's Roman Catholic bishop now focuses on keeping the power struggle between Moammar Gadhafi and anti-government rebels out of his church.
The war has hit hard Christian communities in Tripoli, which include African migrant laborers, Filipino health care workers and European expatriates, among them foreign women married to Libyan men. Libya is an overwhelmingly Muslim country, and missionary activity is not allowed, though clergy say the regime has respected Christians' freedom of worship.
Martinelli and the head of the five other churches in Tripoli â€” all led by foreign clergy with congregations made up almost entirely of foreigners â€” have staked out a cautious middle ground in the conflict that has split Libya into a Gadhafi-controlled west and a rebel-run east....
While the following article centers one President, one must remember that Caroline Glick is a conservative, it could have been really applied to Bumbling Bush and Jimbo Carter as just two other examples, America's descent into strategic dementia.
Acts 5 40 And they took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them to speak no more in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
jpw wrote: once again, provoking wars has harmful effect on Christians. don't let that get out, it might make the American Christians feel bad.
American Christians should feel bad if they have voted for the men who have led the nation contrary to God's Word, since it first declared its Independence from Jesus Christ in 1776. There are American Christians however, who are political dissenters. They are even now suffering and ever have suffered the consequence of being such and committed their poor hap to God.
They take courage and strength from God as they suffer for righteousness...as God has promised Phil.1:29 "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;" And they rejoice and sing psalms with a tear in their eye, but sing they must. These are those God will continue to reform and to conform to the image of His own dear Son. Not through the merits of anything a sinner suffers, No! No! but because He has elected them unto salvation. He has kept their fathers and he will keep them by his grace through the difficult days ahead.
It is certainly difficult to take all this into consideration from a Western vantage point. But in reading the article I was caused to remember somethings I'd read in Church History and parallel with the earlier trumpets of Revelation, before the woe trumpets began to sound.
Some of what is now being experienced by persons in the East has been previously experienced in history, in the fall of the Roman Empire. Augustine of Hippo did address some very similar occurrences in his historical accounts.