A Sudanese court ruled last week that the marriage of Meriam Ibrahim (27) was invalid and sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery as well as death by hanging for rejecting Islam. Ibrahim was turned into law enforcement by her own brother for her 2011 marriage to Daniel Wani, a Christian American man. Ibrahim has their 20-month-old son with her in prison while her husband appeals the court’s decision.
The friendly face of Islam. Need I say more? This is true, Koranic Islam–not just “radical” Islam. This is an example of a NATION that practices Sharia Law--the totalitarian law of Islam. This totalitarian political system has its attached religious wing–Islam–which devotes its energy to capturing and killing those who disagree or speak truth regarding its true nature.
When you support Islam and Sharia Law, you support everything God (Yahweh) is opposed to. The god of Islam is the god of DEATH. The God of Christianity is LIFE in the resurrected Son of God–Jesus Christ–Israel’s Messiah. Christians don’t hunt, torture, behead or kill those who don’t follow Christ. Only Satan murders, lies, robs, and destroys those who value religious liberty and toleration.
Religious toleration is about everyone free to practice peacefully their own religion free of harrassment AS LONG AS THAT FAITH DOESN’T HARM OR COERCE OTHERS TO BELIEVE.
QUESTION: Does it make any sense at all to allow Islam to flourish in the United States (or anywhere in the world for that matter?).
Who can guess what tomorrow will bring? Every day awakens new challenges. Your future depends upon you. You must face the future boldly. Don’t cling to the past. Don’t fear the next obstacle. Don’t try to avoid the next encounter with people who make you uncomfortable or insecure. You can be a person of peace and joy. Simply walk each day, each moment expecting that grace will be yours. Envision what you want to see in your life. Be gently bold. Give the benefit of the doubt to those you’d usually attribute negative motives to. Remember, you don’t know anyone’s motives. Give grace. Give generously of your favor and time.
NO SKIN IN THE GAME
Consider others better than you. Remember this: If you get your needs met by God, you will never have to use people to meet them. Then you can be truly generous to all without using them. Try to have no skin in the game when it comes to relating to people and you will be free. No skin in the game means there’s no hidden expectations you have on others. There’s nothing you’re trying to “get” from them. That way you’re free to commit and be “all-in” without being hurt or used. Can you think of anything better than being the kind of person this post describes? That would be peace of mind and freedom of conscience. You’d be FREE.
YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE . . . DRASTICALLY
Every blessing as you apply what seems good to you from what you’ve just read. But . . . be prepared for life to change drastically for the better. Oh, and remember . . . it may get somewhat worse before it gets better. But you will press through that to the freedom and victory that comes from being courageously creative. You will be a rarity in our declining culture–a person of influence for good.
QUESTION: Why not take a second and share this post with a friend–that would be an act of grace and generosity. Please . . . Let us know how things turn out for you.
©2014, David C Alves All rights reserved.
QUESTION: I wonder if Barack Hussein Obama announced that He was the new “Supreme Leader” of the United States would the mainline media and U.S. Senate be silent, applaud and approve the new announcement, or FINALLY say “Enough!”?
Just wondering? Because I really don’t know.
Does anyone (other than conservatives and libertarians) stand up against his rampant trampling of the foundations of American exceptionalism and lawless fiats?
“You will never know how hard it was to keep you boys busy,” my dad acknowledged in a moment of morphine-induced honesty following surgery for colon cancer.
“Did it ever occur to you to give us a day off?” my youngest
Dad hesitated, but only for a moment — “The thought never crossed my mind.”
“Keep busy” buzzes in my head. My daily “to do” list gives an often distorted shape to my day.
In A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors, David Alves raises his voice over the buzz. “God is taking you out of the brick making business,” he writes. With frequent references to his own story, David argues that Sabbath and Sabbaticals offer a God-designed way for me to be free from the drivenness that has served as a constant companion since my youth.
The Primer troubles me with a question that lingers like the scent of a powerful perfume: which father’s voice will shape the remaining years of my life?
–Clayton Blackstone, author of Meet Me for Breakfast and Pastor of the Advent Christian Church in Bangor, Maine