Monday, 27 July 2015

Take Action!

On our travels, my family has seen various Haulocost and World War II memorials, but by far the biggest was the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem. Here's what I wrote when we visited:

                ...At the end we went through the children's memorial. Mirrors reflected a single candle into the darkness and names and ages of the kids were read incessantly. I thought of the postcard I'd read less than an hour ago. A mother had written it, consumed by love and anxiety for her toddler son. He was murdered at Auschwitz. It's essential for us to remember the holocaust and recoil in horror, but this is a useless exercise if we forget to use our horror. What happened was deplorable, but there is nothing we can do to change the past. Nothing! What we can change, however, is the future. I felt angry as I walked through, reading the signs and watching the videos of suffering. I saw children starving in the ghettos, and I thought of the families in Eastern Ukraine with no bread to feed their children. The racial genocide was shocking, but the Jews weren't the first or the last to be targeted in this way. [ISIS] is exterminating Christians, Hazaras, Yadizis and Shiite Muslims in Iraq and Syria. When [my mum] told me how [the Nazis] killed the young babies, though, I was appalled. They held the infant's ankles and swung them against a wall, bashing their heads. I was upset and mad. What about the babies whose brains are sucked out before they see the light of day [abortion]? What about them? What will we do to stop modern starvation, genocide and murder? We have more holocausts on our hands, and we have the power to halt them this time! What will we do?

The question is "What will we do?" When I wrote this, I had some ideas, but I wasn't one hundred percent sure, so I've done a little brainstorm of three ways for anyone to take action.
  1. Pray! We can all pray for those suffering in these situations and others, for the victims and the perpetrators. If you want to pray for persecuted Christians, keep up with neglected headlines on Open Doors. If you want to pray for anyone suffering, just read or watch the news.
  2.  Spread the word! Talk to people about these things, share it on social media or post it on your blog.
  3. Donate time or money! To give food, clothing, housing, medical care and food to Ukrainians living on the front lines, donate here. If you're in Australia, you can sign this petition asking for the refugee intake to be raised. If you're elsewhere, you could search on Change.org for a petition in your country. With regards to abortion, try searching change.org for relevant petitions in your state or country, and look up a local organization that needs donations of time, resources or money.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Glorious Joy

1 Peter 1:8-9 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

When I read this verse a few months ago, I thought, "Wow, inexpressible and glorious joy." Then I read verse nine. "the salvation of our souls?" I usually tend to think of salvation as eternal life in heaven, which we obviously don't get until we die. In this verse, "the salvation of your souls" is referring to our souls' deliverance from the power of sin. Think on this truth for a moment. Through Jesus, we have victory over sin! We don't have to give in to temptation! That's something worth rejoicing over!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

More on Marriage and the Australian Christian Lobby

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is presenting another chance to stand up for the children who could potentially lose their mother or father if the new same-sex marriage bill is passed. There is a petition to sign, and if you haven't yet, please consider emailing your MP.

Some people said that any country which legalized so-called "marriage equality" would have to discuss polygamy too. It's true. After American judges ignored the wishes of the 31 states that voted against redefining marriage, people have begun asking for their polygamous relationships to be recognized. (See this excellent ACL article for more information and a good perspective on the U.S.A.'s legalization.)

If you are Australian and a Christian, I highly recommend visiting ACL's website and signing up for their emails. They cover topics such as marriage, abortion, euthanasia, freedom of religion, outdoor advertising, persecuted Christians, the budget, refugees, education, domestic violence, prostitution, drugs, alcohol, gambling, homelessness, human rights and overseas aid, all from a practical Christian perspective. They present information and updates on these topics, as well as simple ways you can stand up for what you believe. Even if you are not Australian or a Christian, ACL has a different perspective on these issues.