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Vietnamese Christians

Posted in Christ and Culture by sosipater on May 17, 2007

I am of the opinion that Christians who live in the United States, generally, take a myopic view of worldwide Christianity.  We seem to put on our “USA” glasses before everything we do, whether it is reading the Bible, or thinking about the state of the universal church, or even eschatology.  We think we have it bad or are being persecuted, but, at least for now, we still have it good.

With that in mind, I wanted to point out the plight of “Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan — both Christians — to prison terms for “conducting propaganda activities to harm the security of state.”” 

According to this article, some of the United State’s foreign policies could have contributed to emboldening Veitnam to continue religious persection.

Diem Do, chairman of the Vietnam Reform Party, told caucus members that Vietnam has been emboldened by the State Department’s removal of Vietnam’s “CPC” designation (“countries of particular concern”) for particularly severe violators of religious freedom — as well as congressional approval of Permanent Normal Trade Relations last December and its entry into the World Trade Organization in January.

Let’s at least be mindful of our brethren around the world who are truly finding their joy in Christ by suffering for His sake.  Let’s determine how we can help our Christian family, no matter what country they were born in or what tribe they come from.  There are many things we can do, not the least of which pray.

Hebrews 13:3

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

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  1. daxw said,

    Before the US invaded Iraq, believe it or not Christians were not persecuted under Sadaam Hussein, but since the neverending war began Christians over there are under severe attack. Interesting isn’t it? You are right when you say that many Americans put on their “USA glasses”. We are a prideful nation. Just look at at the media hit men(neocons) attacking Ron Paul on his comments about our foreign policy since WWII. How dare he say we are wrong to invade sovereign nations and not expect any kind of retaliation? Anyway.
    God is building His kingdom over all the earth. I am constantly convicted of how spoiled I am when I read stories of our faithful brethren in hostile areas of the world praising God through all of their trials. How many people would claim to be Christian(as so many do in our country) if we had to go through an ounce of the persecution these others do here in the US? I’ll try to find the interview I read about my first claim on Iraq. It was with a missionary who has been over there quite some time. I know some of your readers would find that hard to believe since they believe FOXNews isn’t controlled like the other media outlets. Later.

  2. daxw said,

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/chancy3.html

  3. sosipater said,

    Dax,

    My thinking has undergone a subtle but substantial shift along the lines of your political observation. I have come to the conclusion that invading Iraq was indefensible and contrary to the constitution and the vision of our founding fathers. I have been amazed at how the conservative talking heads are slamming Ron Paul after the second republican debate. He is not an isolationist, but a constitutionalist. We have every right to defend ourselves and attack the terrorists wherever they are, but not to attack and invade sovereign nations. I am coming around, just give me time. 🙂 I am not a cut and runner though, and think we need to stay and clean up the mess we have made.

    I haven’t read the link, but I can imagine you are right about the persecution of Christians. Thankfully, we know God is our ultimate sovereign, not any leader or politician. Let the kingdom advance.

  4. daxw said,

    I don’t want to take away from the awareness of our persecuted brethren, but my heart has been sick since that debate. FauxNews has attacked the only legitimate candidate for President. I have no problem going after known terrorists, but it makes absolutely no sense to say you are keeping America safe by going all over the world fighting terror and your borders remain wide open. Thankfully, I take great comfort in knowing I serve a sovereign God. New Zealand has the most lax homeschool laws in the world. They also have some Reformed Baptist churches. That’s where we will probably be exiled for the next four years.:)


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