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George Kaloterakis (Greek Evangelical Alliance) analyses the situation after the legislative election. “Pray that Greek Evangelicals become a healing agent in the divisions that permeate our society”.
Our churches should be examples of institutions that serve the common good, that speak out against injustice, and that are led with integrity.
“The basic nature of the Macedonian crisis is moral”, says Nikola Galevski, a pastor in Skopje. “Pray that the church will clearly see its specific calling for a time like this”.
“The main challenge is that non-evangelical Europeans feel that the gospel has been tried and found insufficient, that it is too simplistic for a complex and sophisticated society”, says American missionary Steve Mann after working in Europe for 30 years.
Finance is not a subject that gets dealt with much in church life or teaching, except perhaps occasionally in terms of personal debt and giving. Even less is said about how our Christian faith works out in practice when facing the challenges of running a business.
After four years of severe cuts, Pedro Passos Coelho’s centre-right coalition receives 38% of votes, but loses majority. Leftists groups grow, but not enough to form a stable alternative.
There can come a point when levels of indebtedness are so high that efforts to pay in full will be counter-productive.
The refugee crisis, the hardships in Greece, the threat of Islamic terrorism, violence in Ukraine, the global financial crisis… Vote.
The deal will need to be approved by eurozone finance ministers and national parliaments, European Commission explained.
The dominant ideology of today’s Europe: growth as our guarantee of existential security in the present and eschatological hope for the future. Christians have an extraordinary message of extraordinary hope at times of crisis.
Greece accepted the negotiation of a third bailout and immediate structural reforms. Parlamentarians of Syriza say the “deal is unacceptable”, and define it as a “coup.”
The Greek Evangelical Alliance issued a press release about the "very critical period" the country is facing. They have called a day of prayer and fasting for July, 3.
Greece’s banks are to remain shut for a week, and a referendum on the country's bailout conditions will take place next Sunday, 5 July.
“We believe that the solution to the problem will not come through a shallow political messianism but through a spiritual awakening of our nation,” told president of the Greek Evangelical Alliance to Evangelical Focus.