The nation of Indonesia happens to sit on one of the most active faultlines on Earth. It is also the nation that has the largest amount of Muslims. Since the tsunami of 2004, they have suffered numerous earthquakes, floods, minor tsunamis, and volcanic activity. Hundreds of lives have been lost in the midst of all of this and the government has, for the most part, received pity and welcomed aid from other nations openly. Yet in the midst of all of this, there seems to be plenty of time for Indonesians to participate in one of their most favorite pastimes–persecuting Christians.
When their time and resources should be spent on rebuilding from their disasters and preserving their livelihood, Muslims there make time to burn and bomb churches, behead Christians, jail them on ridiculous charges, and assasinate them at will without the government taking any major steps to stop them. Could it be this is why they have so many natural disasters? Are they a nation under God’s judgment? If so, they are unrepentant of their evil works. Shouldn’t people who are shown pity be merciful to others?
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21)
In the midst of our lives of relative ease and comfort, let’s not forget about our brothers and sisters around the world who suffer for the sake of the gospel.
–Harry A. Gaylord–