Saturday, June 27, 2015

Love your enemies?

I wrote an article in December on a Christian response to ISIS  and had said that I believe undoubtedly, the response should be one formed in love.

Wonder what that looks like?

On the 17th of June 2015, Dylan Roof joined a Charleston Church's evening Bible Study, spent an hour with the parishioners, then turned his gun on them and open fired. He killed 9 people, including the pastor, a college graduate and librarian. It was an act of racial hatred and what is now being labeled as racial terrorism. This news of yet another shooting tragedy took the United States by storm, with no shortage of international news coverage, reaching as far as South Africa and India.

Shootings have become so commonplace in the US, that President Obama released a statement in which he said "I refuse to act as if this is the new normal". Fresh in the minds of Americans are the recent shootings of young black men by police officers, and the subsequent chaos that ensued.

I am sure there must have been a lot of people sitting on the edge of their seats, expecting another wave of backlash (remember Furguson). Another ping pong match of hate speech between racial groups.

But what happened next was probably even more shocking than the shooting itself.

"I forgive you": Victims' families confront suspected Charleston church shooter
Posted by NowThis on Friday, 19 June 2015

In tears, a family member of one of the victims addresses Dylan, saying "I forgive you. You took something very precious from me, I will never talk to her, ever again, I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you". Another family member says, "you know, I forgive you, my family forgives you. But we would like you to take this opportunity to repent. Repent. Confess. Give your life to the one who matters the most...Christ"

Since the shooting the church has reopened, with the NY Times reporting a "defiant show of unity in Charleston Church that lost 9 to racist violence"

Watch CNN's coverage here


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Questions You Make Me Ask

How is it that a year feels like a day 
and an eternity at the same time?
Does love reach across time, 
and defy the laws of nature? 
Tell me if you know, how is it that our love 
only continues to grow? 

They say that cultures collide, 
and that races divide.

But how is it that even 5,000 miles 
couldn't keep us apart?
Did every choice we ever make,
lead to this moment together?
Tell me if you know,
can we make this last forever? 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Why is deciding so hard?

Hello!

Check out my new post on "Why is deciding so hard?" over at my new blog ConsultForenji.com

Dont't worry. Forenji.com is here to stay, and will be updated soon.

Thanks!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Updating Forenji.com

Hi Friends!

/UPDATED UPDATE/

If you read my blog, or if this is the first time your reading it and find it interesting, then please take note of the following updates:

1. I am migrating  updating forenji.com to another blogging service provider.Ok, I tried migrating to another service provider, but midway through I realized there were features which were blocked in my country. Yes, I live in one of those countries which blocks stuff for fun.

2. I will be splitting my blog into two different sites (1) Forenji and (2) Consult Forenji

Forenji will continue to contain the same kind of content as usual. Consult Forenji is an attempt at creating more professional content relating to all things I am learning: ranging from leadership and management, to education, lifestyle, humanity and God. it is available at ConsultForenji.com

I'm still working out the nitty-gritty details, but if you like (or don't like) what you see, please leave me some feedback :)

Thanks!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Christian Response to ISIS?

A story just released on the Times of India news site alleging the beheading of 4 Christian children in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam.
Here is an excerpt of the story:

“ISIS turned up and said to the children, 'You say the words that you will follow Mohammed'. The children, all under 15, four of them, said ‘no, we love Yeshua, we have always loved we have always followed Yeshua, Yeshua has always been with us.’ They said: 'Say the words.' They said 'No, we can't.'
They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry."


How does one respond to that? Take a minute to read the story (link in the text above) if you have not done so ready.

I believe undoubtedly that the response should be one formed in Love.

What!?
This doesn’t make sense. Many would agree that the people responsible for these killings are exactly the kind of Hell deserving terrorists that justify the coming of God’s wrath upon the earth. You know what, these guys don’t deserve mercy, don’t tell me these kinds of people can be forgiven and even accepted into the Kingdom of God. Justifiable responses to this kind of brutality would be anger, rage, hate, condemnation, revenge!

But that is not the way. So, I say again:The response should undoubtedly be one formed in Love.

Here’s why.
Because of the children's love for God.
I cannot help but put myself in their shoes, and when I do so, all I can feel is Love for Yeshua. An inkling of hate, an inch of doubt, and I would have done what my captors were asking of me…

But I am now overwhelmed. The Spirit of God has taken over, I remember those precious scriptures we memorised in secret…“blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you.”…  “Love your enemies”… “But rejoice…as you share in Christ’s sufferings”… “but even if you should suffer…Have no fear of them, nor be troubled.”…“for when I am week, then I am strong.”
It’s as if a flash of lightning has struck me in the heart and opened my eyes to the wonder of these words. I see now, I know now. I am on my knees before the captors, but bowing only to my Lord. I hear their spitting anger and rage, I feel the bruises on my body from stone and rifle…but as if only an echo, far away. Time is slow. This moment is captured in eternity. The sword of hate hangs above me, but I could stay here. I could stay here in this moment, this moment shared by thousands more. Christ is with me as I have never known before. Oh, my dear enemies, if only you knew this Joy.
In loosing my life I have found it, in death I have life. My body has gone, my spirit is alive.


How else can one respond? Let’s honour the death of these martyrs, not with revenge, but with an imitation of their unyielding faith and love.

Verses: Matthew 5:11, Matthew 5:44, 1 Peter 4:13-14, 2 Corinthians 12:10, Matthew 10:39, Matthew 16:25
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fixed

To fix our mind on Christ. That is the only thing.
Keeping our gaze, determined on Him.
No distraction, to shift us off course.
The most admirable,
The purest light,
The richest treasure.
Why set our eyes on anything else?
To fix our mind on Christ. That is the only thing.
Eyes upon us too,
Dare we let His meet ours?
And risk, His Holiness infiltrate,
The depths of our souls.
Revealing every displeasing thing,
Exposing it to the light.
To fix our mind on Christ, that is the only thing.
Can we not look?
Have we failed?
Shame run us aground?
Hope by his dear grace,
We be caught in his arms,
Before the tide, takes us away.
To fix our mind on Christ, that is the only thing.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ambagsman Van Liefde

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