Daily Topic for December 27, 2013
All of history is headed towards one event: that moment when we will all stand before the Judge. For some people this day will be festive like a wedding. For others that day will be like being convicted in court. Both will stand before the same judge, but with a different result. As believers, our task is to get ready for this awesome day, not only by perfecting holiness in our lives as Scripture exhorts, but by telling others about Christ so that they can receive the righteousness of God.
Pray that the Lord will use us to prepare His bride from every nation for the Day of Days when we will all meet Him face to face.??
A vegetable seller set himself on fire and died after being humiliated by representatives of the government. This Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, event was similar to a protest in Tunisia two years before. Muted whispers of protests have begun to leak out of Saudi Arabia’s tight security.
In a reversal of yesterday’s scene, the minority Shi’ite Muslims suffer under the majority hand of Sunni rulers. This restive group lives primarily in the eastern region of the Arabian Peninsula, near Bahrain. The unrest among the Shi’ites in the two neighboring nations explains why the Saudi kingdom sent military forces to assist in crushing the Shi’ite protests in Bahrain. At the same time the Saudis are assisting Sunni rebels in Syria.
Word of the vegetable seller’s protest spread among Shi’ites through Twitter messages-Tweets-which raced from one phone to another. Government officials scorned this practice, saying that anyone who used such modern devices, “has lost this world and his afterlife.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk) The imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca used an entire sermon to demonize Twitter users, and another leader called Twitter users fools.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Christian podcasts will reach Saudi Arabs who connect to the Internet. Pray that followers of Christ will create a following among Twitter users and other Internet social media. Pray for both Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims to turn their backs on oppressive religion and find spiritual answers in Christ.