We need to respond with the values that we see in Jesus Christ’s life.
According to Open Doors, 215 million Christians suffer “high, very high or extreme persecution”. North Korea continues at the top of the World Watch List. Africa is the region in which more Christians are killed because of their faith.
Communicating the idea that Christians somehow deserve more of God’s protection would be untrue and would actually collide with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Two football players and the stewardess who survived the tragedy are evangelical Christians: “The situation is complicated, difficult”. Fans gathered to pray the Lord’s Prayer.
We should be more careful when pointing to the evangelical churches of Colombia as the promoters of the “no”.
Around ten million evangelicals voted in the referendum. Some analysts believe that the 'no' “was hatched at church”, but many evangelicals have publicly supported the “yes.”
In a surprise result, the “no” won by 50.2% to 49.8%. The bilateral ceasefire between government forces and the FARC will continue. Evangelical Christians were divided.
The agreement between the government and the FARC is celebrated by many, but also criticised. Evangelicals have divergent views but are willing to get involved in the reconciliation process and to work for lasting peace.
If you knew nothing about Colombia, you might well think, “That’s great! There’s peace now”. But life in Colombia is never quite as straightforward as it might seem.
The dramatic figures of the conflict: 220,000 lives lost and 7 million people displaced.
Imagine you are a former member of a guerrilla. Imagine you met Jesus and you became a pastor.
We Christians have so much to offer people in a post-conflict situation.
I recently returned from a mission trip with Open Doors to Colombia, a country which I have a great love for.
Despotic rulers may do as they please, they may acquire great wealth and power; but they will all come to an end.