Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Pakistan Needs Prayer

Another tragedy has hit the globe. No, it's not the end of the world, we just have faster media. The country of Pakistan is fascinating. It has a large Christian population, and actually it has the largest synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church. However, persecution of Christians has grown severe recently, and, like the Romans before them, the Pakistani government blames every malady on the Christians. When Muslims blow up vehicles to kill other Muslims, who gets blamed? Well, the Christians obviously. This very situation occured last year when there was a bombing by Muslim terrorists. The government's response was quite logical: let's shut down the Presbyterian pastors' conference. Dr. Jack Whytock
of Charlottetown, PEI was the speaker and from that moment on, all teaching/preaching engagements he had were accompanied by armed soldiers.
Now my point is not to blame the persecution for the earthquake, because I don't have the mind of God, but it is imperative that we pray that the Christian hospitals and churches would have a radical impact on the Muslim community during this devastation. Throughout history, a great witness has been demonstrated by Christian compassion, whether it be ancient plagues or war, or hurricanes. Pray for Gospel impact in Pakistan at this time.