Below is a video testing the limits of religious freedom outside of the Arab festival in Dearborn. The outcome is very telling as to where our country may be heading.
Regardless of the law of the land, I believe we as Christians should continue to proclaim the good news of Jesus. Certainly we must be wise about it, but incidents like this should not scare the Church into silence.
If anything, this may be an opportunity for the Church in America to emerge stronger with a firmer conviction on its role as the light of the world. Persecution may appear to squash the spread of Christianity, but it has shown throughout history to actually encourage numerical and spiritual growth.
Let’s pray that this is the case here in America.
“Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” -Acts 4:19-20
This is a follow up to the previous post of four Christians being arrested at the Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan several days ago. Below is video of the arrests as well as interviews with the four Christians.
Now many may question why these Christians were there at the festival when they knew they would be in hostile territory. However, these Christians made it a point have amicable conversations specifically with people who were open to talking. They do not appear to be people who would want to stir up trouble for trouble’s sake. They appear to have a sincere heart in sharing the good news of Jesus with Muslims there.
The recent arrest of four Christians in Michigan for “disorderly conduct” has huge implications for the future of ministry within the United States (!). How will the Church respond?
“If this were Pakistan, or China, and someone on the street spoke about his faith, we would say, ‘Oh yeah, that happens,'” says [Todd] Nettleton, who has dealt with many international cases of persecution throughout his work with VOM. “But this was in the United States; this was a country where we say we have religious freedom.”
Christian Persecution Blog: Religious Freedom: Does it still exist for the USA?.