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Monday, February 28, 2011

Our African Brothers and Sisters

It's important to know that Christians are everywhere in the world, and some of the bravest and saintliest are in countries we think of as Muslim - such as Egypt, Turkey, and Libya - or countries we don't think of at all; like the Ivory Coast or the Congo. Christians are under attack now in those places to a degree never seen before, and all at once. Militant Islamic extremists are bloody-minded and hoping to gain power over Africa and the entire Middle East, and they despise dissenters. They're working hard to wipe out all western influences, and they see Christians as the worst manifestation of the Western Tradition of civilization. Although most Muslims worldwide don't share the extremist goal of a New Caliphate - or world empire - it doesn't require more than a small percentage of Muslim radicals to sow violence, death, and chaos.
(see footnote below).

I've had the privilege in recent days of meeting many of the members of the Africa Lighthouse Baptist Church here in Charlottesville, and a more warm, friendly, and gentle group of people are not to be found anywhere. Almost all of them are immigrants from Kenya, Rwanda. Liberia, Tanzania, Togo, etc., and they waited many years for permission to come to the U.S. Some barely escaped with their lives, and arrived here with very little. But they're grateful and anxious to work and succeed. Some of them have succeeded, and admirably, in the few years since their coming.

I'm living in the home of their minister, Rev. Peter Chege, for a few weeks, and we're sharing food, perceptions, and spiritual awareness. I've always wanted to visit Africa, but was wary of the chaos and hardship there. Now it appears Africa has come to me, and I'm really enjoying it. God is moving us, wherever we live in the world, to gather together. All of us faithful people of good will need to support each other.

Footnote: This is from Chicago News this morning,

"Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan predicted on Sunday that America faces imminent uprisings that mirror those in the Middle East.

“What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you’d better prepare because it will be coming to your door,” Farrakhan said in a booming voice, thousands of followers cheering in his wake.

Farrakhan also called on President Barack Obama to allow protesters to march, urging the president not to attack innocent people when they do.

The controversial minster spoke to a packed house at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont as part of the 81st annual celebration of Saviours' Day, which marks the birth of the faith’s founder, W. Fard Muhammad.

The keynote address, titled “God will send saviours,” capped a weekend of workshops focused on health, preparing for natural disasters and unidentified flying objects. The Nation of Islam believes in a UFO called “the wheel” or “the Mother Plane.”

Farrakhan has described a 1985 religious experience in which he ascended into a flying saucer and heard the voice of Elijah Muhammad predicting historical events that came to pass."

Prepare for the dangers that are to come, and you will not fall to them.