weekly word - 8/19/21

Pray for the Afghan Christians

By now, all of us have heard that the Taliban has overthrown Afghanistan’s government. 

As we watch events unfold, let’s remember Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which command us to make, “petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

When Paul says that “we may lead a tranquil and quiet life”, he’s referring to Christians everywhere. That includes the several thousand Afghan Christians presently under an extremist Islamic regime.

It is well-known that the Taliban believe that anyone who converts from Islam to Christianity deserves the death-penalty. But a majority of Afghans believe this as well (https://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-beliefs-about-sharia/). In addition, the Taliban treats all Afghan Christians as converts from Islam, whether they really are or not.

Remember, these Afghan Christians are part of “us”, the family of Jesus Christ. Let’s pray for them in this time of crisis. God’s word teaches that we should pray for their new leaders, the Taliban, that they would allow us to live in peace.

Pastor David