Amidst this coronavirus (aka COVID-19), something President Trump likes to call “the invisible enemy,” there is unfortunately still a visible enemy in Nigeria, Cameroon, and surrounding nations. On Sunday night, around 8pm, seven people were killed in Cameroon by a suicide bomber, with “a village chief and two teenagers among the dead” (source). Continue reading
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.
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.
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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!!!
Today, I stumbled across an article from FaithWire in my inbox. It was about the Yazidi people in Kurdistan, who are still suffering five years after being attacked by ISIS. As I read the article, I also watched the video in the article of Iraqis being saved from Mount Sinjar. I wanted to share the video with you all and ask that you would pray over those going through such difficult times.
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God is passionate about all people—so much so that He came to die for our sins, so that we might be with Him forever. Learn more about Jesus, and His Love for you, here.
I wrote this poem after seeing a news headline about Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, declare that “no territory is controlled by Boko Haram.” Let’s pray for those still being held captive by their own strongholds.
that your enemy has no stronghold,
is close to being defeated.
Have you looked into the eyes
of those affected
by such enemies?
They are haunted–
because there are
strongholds that are not physical.
While Boko Haram may or may not
have physical strongholds,
there are spiritual ones,
ones that make the bones shake
you need to know
that Jesus is near.
may Your presence
be found in utter darkness,
in places where it seems impossible
for You to come in.
Fill victim’s haunted eyes
with Joy again, Jesus.
Tear down these strongholds.
Set the captives free.
For we know it is something
only You can do.
Buhari can declare all he wants
about his victories;
we know they belong to You.
Declare victory and freedom, dear Jesus.
The beautiful part is, You already have;
on the cross, dying and humiliated,
You and You alone came back from the dead.
Breathe Your Life into this situation, Jesus.
May Buhari boast of You–
and may haunted eyes be full of hope again.
(c) Annalee Hoover 2019