Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Heartbreaking Headlines

It passes comprehension. Why would a 28-year-old German pilot named Andreas Lubitz intentionally crash a Germanwings jet into the French Alps? That seems to be the conclusion about yesterday's tragedy according to this report in the London Daily Mail.

Indeed, why? To show you how we can all make knee-jerk assumptions, when I first heard about this disaster and where it happened, my first impulse was to question whether there was a radical Islam link. But that does not appear to be the case here. So the truism certainly applies—do not make rushes to judgment when you hear a story in the news.

Today my prayers are with the families of the victims, the airline employees, and of course, the family of Andreas Lubitz. No doubt they are more grief-stricken than anyone.

We live in a fallen world. Only in the Lord Jesus Christ is there ultimate hope of peace, hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation. May He give us the grace, enabling, and platform to proclaim it more than ever.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hitler the Evil, Ungrateful "Artist"

Must be something in the air. The Obama Administration barely conceals its contempt for Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East. Argentina uncovers an old Nazi lair intended to hide ex-German officials after World War II (many ex-Nazi regime members fled to South America).

And now we have a Hitler watercolor on sale. Yep. You can read it right here. I suppose from an artist standpoint, it's not bad. Average still life watercolor. I can see it being a conversation piece and understand why it would be worth money to some. As for me, I wouldn't even want the thing in my house.

To me, the most ironic evil part of the story is the fact that a Jewish art broker tried to help the young Hitler sell his art. What did he get for his kindness? His art gallery was taken over and the broker deported to a ghetto, where he died. Par for the course.

But thank God, there is justice in eternity.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Persecution in Central Asia

I forget at the moment who said it, but there's an old quote along the line of "If sin wasn't so deadly, it would be comical."

Considering several of the former Soviet nations in Central Asia, it's not hard to have that line come to mind frequently because of the serious persecution of Christians there. And the persecution is so mindless. Stupid even. And for why?

Pictured to the right is the country of Turkmenistan, considered perhaps the most restrictive nation in Central Asia when it comes to Christianity. Although the country's constitution and basic law claims religious freedom and adherence to human rights, in reality these claims are farcical. I want you to read this account published in Forum 18. A Turkmen believer describes some of the endless harassment faced by churches and individual believers there.
Considering the genuine criminals running around like drug dealers, murderers, and the like, doesn't the government have anything better to do with its time? Perhaps, if they are really concerned about social ills, they might consider being supportive of the church instead of hassling it to death. They might be surprised at how things in the country will improve.

Of course, I'm being somewhat rhetorical. We know from God's Word that Satan hates the Lord Jesus and His church. We know that the world hates Jesus Christ, and Jesus Himself warned that His followers would be hated because they hated Him first. I know it. But it still frosts me.

It's so, so very stupid.