Daily Topic for May 06, 2009
In this rebuke of the Jews for their religious inconsistency, Paul makes reference to Isaiah 52:5 and Ezekiel 36:21-22. It was an old problem. The Jews, as God’s chosen people, had again and again violated the Law of God and lapsed into idolatry, immorality and economic oppression. The nations watched, and seeing Israel’s disobedience, blasphemed instead of praising and adoring the Lord’s Name. Today, the Lord’s Name is often blasphemed among many nations because of the behavior of Christians in the West. Our attitudes and our use of wealth often inhibit or even destroy our witness in the world.
Pray for purity in the Church so that the Name of the Lord will be praised among the nations.
In May 2003, ten “non-status” Algerians quietly spent 10 hours in an Ottawa office waiting room hoping to speak to the Immigration Minister. Suddenly, police officers jumped over cubicle walls and shouted conflicting orders in English to the French-speaking Algerians. “Get out!” “Stop!” “Get down on the floor” “Put your hands in the air!” “Stand up!” “You’re all under arrest!” (http://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=388)
In the 1990s, Algerians had been allowed to enter Canada because of the dangers of the on-going civil war raging in their country. However, they were denied official refugee status, and were classified as “non-status” residents, with no rights whatsoever. No procedure existed for them to obtain citizenship. Repeatedly denied an opportunity to meet with the Immigration Minister, the hapless Algerians were beaten, tasered, arrested and charged with “mischief.” Three years later, all of the above 10 were acquitted. According to one source, “the racist and brutal attack on non-status people seeking justice was the only criminal act that took place in the immigration office that day.” By the time the Algerians were acquitted, the government had crafted a costly and complicated procedure by which non-status Algerians might qualify to obtain citizenship.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to send His ambassadors to these people, who are almost 100 percent Muslim. Pray that they would come to know that the most important citizenship-in heaven-is offered freely and simply by Jesus Christ.-JWS