Recently, someone burned Bibles in the city of Mosul in Iraq. Christians have left the region, so their enemies burned their books.
Someone wants to exterminate Christians, and that is bad news.
It is easy to miss that this is also a good news story. Christians are suffering, and that is tragic, but part of this story is good. It’s a picture of disruption.
“Innovative Disruption” refers to a new idea that replaces a “market and value structure.” It erodes critical mass which is the minimum amount required to maintain a venture.
One good example is the smart phone that you probably have in your pocket. I remember when phones were mostly black and had dials. The system worked well, but now we all want the new thing.
Cell phone vendors don’t hate dial phones, they just promote their new thing. Traditional phone companies had us all, their critical mass, and then lost us. Now they are free to sell antique designs to a few, but they need us all in order to succeed.
In the large city of Mosul, ISIS could have raided any library and burned any book collection. They chose Bibles and made a video of the fire, and made a point of distributing the video. They told the world about their disruption; the thing that threatens their sense of world domination, their critical mass.
When Christians worship God, but not in the approved way, extremists become frustrated.
In Bible history, Christians did not win arguments, or wars; they won converts, and organized small churches. They promoted Jesus, the mighty disrupter.
Today all the great powers from those times are gone, but more people identify with Jesus than any other ideology or religion. Jesus is the world’s leading brand, and the mighty Roman Empire shares the fate of buggy whips and dial phones.
We are called to be faithful. If we don’t see the power in this, the other side does.
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:22 and 23)
In the end, this persecution leads to victory through Christ. But there is a LOT more persecution coming soon. If you are willing to consider the evidence that convinced me to focus on the 42 months from June 2016 to December 2019, consider reading:
Antichrist 2016-2019: Mystery Babylon, Barack Obama & the Islamic Caliphate
Well said. I have been trying to calm those who fear the impending and increased persecution of Christians – since death ought not be our worst fear; our worst fear should be losing sight of Christ, or forgetting to be Christ-like, or losing trust in Him, or becoming like our enemies. May we all be found – as our brothers and sisters in the 10-40 Window are – to be faithful to the One who is Life and Love. In this theme, you may enjoy this: https://rhfoerger.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/even-unto-death/
Shalom. I am an orthodox Muslim and I apologize on behalf of Iraqis and Syrians for this. We should be burning porn magazines together.
Thank you for your honesty. I think we both agree, that on the day when God is our judge, many people will be ashamed.