“Christian Suicide Bombers?” I Don’t Think So.

Legit.ng has reported that a Christian bomber has been found trying to bomb a church. In reply to this, Ishaq Akintola, the leader of MURIC (The Muslim Rights Concern), has said that he is not surprised. According to him, there is a “Christian Boko Haram” too.

This just confused me. While Islam and Christianity share many similarities, the taking of a person’s life in hopes of going to heaven is not one of them! Islam encourages and demands its members to follow their strict dogma, even to the point of performing suicide bombings. Christianity, while it has had a bad rap in many ways, does not demand this strict obedience to dogma; we are to love others and give of ourselves, not take our own lives and the lives of others.

This is the core difference between Christianity and other religions, including Islam: our way to heaven has already been paid by Jesus. Jesus is God, and He did what no one else could do: live a perfect life. And so He stepped into our place, and rescued us.

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I don’t need to do anything to be made right in God’s eyes because of Jesus. Good works become something I want to do, from a sincere heart. My place in heaven is already made.

As I hear MURIC’s accusation of there being “Christian suicide bombers,” it just doesn’t make sense. Our God is a God of healing, not hurting. There can be renegade “Christians” trying to do evil things, but there is no such thing as Christian suicide bombers. May these bombers come to know Jesus for real, and may real Christians in the local Church reach out to those hurting because of such bombers.black box (2).jpg


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus gave it all so that we might go to heaven. Learn more about this here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here):

  • The persecuted church in Nigeria and worldwide.
  • That these “Christian bombers” would accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  • That those being bombed would get justice in court.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

Releasing the Stranglehold

I wrote this poem upon hearing the news that many of the men reportedly involved in Boko Haram have been sentenced to prison for 10 years– while 2 of the men have life sentences. I hope you enjoy.


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Religion strangles.
And no,
I am not speaking of
Karl Marx’s ideology,
of the affirmation that faith is false.

No,
what I am speaking of
is the religion that commands,
“DO! DO! DO!
or else.”

Whether a muslim,
a scientologist,
or even your regular church-going Chrisian,
anyone who believes
that their good or bad deeds
decide their fate is decieved.

“Jesus paid it all,
all to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it, white as snow.”
Do you believe this?

As I look at Boko Haram islamic terrorists
going to jail, going into physical bondage,
it becomes so real to me:
Trusting in Jesus
and
His work
is the only way to be free.

Not “doing,” but instead trusting.
the chains fall; the strangle no longer holds.
The Gospel, my friends,
is truth enough to break chains–
and as refreshing as our first breath
after those chains fall.

And now that you can breathe,
Rejoice.

© Annalee Hoover, 2019

 

In Captivity, in Freedom: The Unfailing Love of God

Countless towns in Northeastern Nigeria are full of men, women and children with empty hands, bruised bodies, and busted, broken hearts. In recent months, approximately 130 towns in Northern Nigeria have been under Boko Haram’s seige, with nearly 1.5 million men and women having been forced to flee (source). While millions have fled Boko Haram, inumberable amounts of people have been forced to stay in these seized towns, due to illness, age, or mere lack of opportunity. Trapped by the intense violence found in their towns, these men and women, paralyzed by fear, undergo the traumatic experiences of being kidnapped, “converted” to Islam and forced into marriage or warfare, with execution as their alternative. Suffering the heartbreak of knowing they will most likely never see their loved ones again, they live, scared and oppressed, learning the ways of an evil worldview– both men and women being trained to kill and be killed in the name of allah. Continue reading

True Doctrine: Keeping the Truth of Christ in Christmas

Over the holiday season, there was much news to be had. #BringBackOurGirls protesters took to the streets of Abuja city, calling for residents and the president to both remember the Chibok girls and to advocate for their rescue/release. Though they were barricaded from entering Jonathan’s presidential villa, these protesters succeeded in making their voices heard early Christmas morning.

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Called to Be Free: Lifting the Veil of Islam

As discussed in this article, the Chibok girls’ abduction has become a symbol of fundamentalist Islam’s fear of educating women. This fear stems from the fact that educated women are harder to control– and in a religion like Islam, where it’s success is based upon how much oppressive control it has on it’s people– the idea of women being less dependent upon the controlling men in their lives is hugely threatening. Continue reading