Tuesday, October 28, 2008

While We Are Looking Elsewhere

We often forget, in the heat of an election, that other things are happening on this planet. Some of them seem small but in the light of eternity may be far more significant than who wins this election.

A Somali, whose only common trait with the prophet of Islam is his given name, a believer in and servant of Jesus, who risked his life to bring aid to those suffering in Somalia, gave his life without raising a voice in protest. He was publicly beheaded for the crime of Apostasy, that is he converted from Islam to Christianity.

False martyrs routinely kill themselves in order to shed as much innocent blood as possible. Their cry of Allahu Akubar is more rightly understood as Blood for the blood god.

Mansuur Mohammed is a true martyr which is the Greek word for "Witness" and his innocent blood shouts the name of the Son of God. He was quiet as the Jihadists cut his head off in front of townspeople who were gathered for a promised feast. His willing and quiet death testifies that he truly was one of God's people.

Brother Mansuur I am humbled to call you a brother, for you are much more worthy than I. Rest in Peace and await the promise. It is coming.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power. (Revelation 20: 4 - 6)

Mansuur Mohammed will have the unspeakable privilege of being part of that blessed assembly.

There are many other martyrs, but to read of one is always stunning and, in a strange way, encouraging. They set an example for us to follow.

Faith of our Fathers (Fredrick W. Faber)

Faith of our fathers, living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whenever we hear that glorious Word
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Our fathers behind prison gate
Were still in heart and conscience free
How sweet would be their children's fate
If we like they should die for thee
Faith of our fathers, steadfast faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God
We all shall then be truly free.
Faith of our fathers, living faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.
Faith of our fathers, Christian faith!
We will be true to thee till death.


Blogger Chuck said...

You wonder how many in the crowd walked away wondering deep down about his "crime" and were a little suspicious of their leaders. His death may have in some small part changed some lives that day.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Chuck, it changed his life for eternity! I think you're right about lives on earth, too.

Beautiful, Shoprat. Sometimes, you just knock me out. I hope you're writing your book. I'll be buying the first copy.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

SR - you do write some great stuff here, glad I found your blog.

9:15 AM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

Thank you for this wonderful piece..

12:26 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

You're right, Shoprat. There are more important things than this election, but sometimes it's hard to see that. Thank you! :)

12:33 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I say: Islam IS, now more than ever, as Islam DOES.


1:28 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Thanks for that, Shoprat. It sure put this election nonsense in perspective.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Their cry of Allahu Akubar is more rightly understood as Blood for the blood god.

Going back to the ancient pagan traditions of the region, too.

I subscribe to Voice of the Martyrs. Sobering material.

Also, one of my former students served as a Christian missionary in the Sudan. The horrible stories he had to tell on his visits home! He served about five years in that particular mission field and finally, having suffered serious problems with stress, had to come home for medical care and counseling.

7:45 AM  

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