Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Mosques and Churches

One of my work colleagues is Egyptian, a Coptic Christian. She spoke to me on Thursday about some things that she heard on the (Arabic) news.

“They are complaining that Australia is terrible and won’t let them build mosques. Huh! They should talk! How many churches have they bombed in Egypt? They want equality, they say. But their equality works only one way.”

(If you don’t know much about the bombing of churches and persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Voice of the Martyrs is a good place to start.)

Why this inequality? Why are Muslims so happy to claim that they should have mosques here while so determined to destroy churches in their own countries?

It’s because for a Muslim, a mosque represents the fact that you now “own” that country or territory, spiritually speaking. The more mosques, the stronger your ownership is, and the stronger it is felt. As my colleague pointed out, in Egypt there are three mosques to one side of a city block. Their ownership is high there. In Australia, not so much.

But that is also the reason for the churches. A church is a sign of Christ’s ownership of the land. (Which of course He does anyway, even without the church there.) And they hate it. Because Muslims hate the Biblical Christ.

Remember to pray for the Coptic Christians in Egypt, and other Christians in Muslim dominated lands. And likewise, pray that those who are lost in Islam will find the true way to God, Christ crucified and risen for His children.

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