Things have taken a dark turn for Christians in Nicaragua being ruled by its Marxist president and former guerilla Daniel Ortega. Though a democracy, Ortega has recently declared Christians “enemies of the state.”
With a population of six million people, Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. About half the population is Catholic and another third consider themselves evangelical.
There have been growing public protests against Ortega’s regime because of its rampant corruption, growing totalitarianism and gross mismanagement of the economy. The anti-government protestors are calling for Ortega to step down and call an early election.
Ortega has taken to violence to oppose the protests and even set up a secret police force who wear masks or hoods to attack those opposing the regime..
Because of the growing crack down on the anti-government protests, the UN sent a commission to Nicaragua to monitor the situation. After the UN issued a report condemning Ortega for his violence, the president ordered the UN out of the country on September 1.
Since April this year, about 300 people have been killed in the anti-government protests, another 2,000 injured and 1,200 people have been kidnapped or arrested.
Recently Ortega has taken aim a the Christians in the country calling them “enemies of the regime” and “coup plotters.” The Catholic church has been providing shelter and medical help to the anti-government protestors and as well publicly denouncing Ortega’s violent response.
Though taking less of a political role, Evangelical churches has also been providing aid to those affected by the violence.
In addition to the kidnapping and assassinations, according to Open Doors’ World Watch Research Unit, Ortega’s secret police are also infiltrating churches to monitor their activity.
Rossana Ramirez, who works with Open Doors, said the escalation in attacks on Christians is because “the government has labelled Christian leaders ‘coup plotters’ and ‘enemies of the state,'”
It is now open war on Christians.
On August 23, the bodies three men, including evangelical pastor Justo Emilio Rodiguez Moncada who was pastoring Camino de Santidad Church in Managua, were found dead. Their hands and feet were bound and all three were shot in the head, execution style.
Around the same time, masked men kidnapped Carlos Cardenas at his home in Managua. The hooded men also threatened to kill his ten-year old daughter who witnessed the assault. Cardenas served as a legal advisor to the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua. Cardenas has since been charged with “committing acts of terrorism.”
Whenever you find communism, you will find a general hatred of Christianity. We are now witnessing a growing persecution of Christians in China since its current president Xi Jinping has taken a sharp turn left fully embracing Marxism.
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Some attribute communism’s hostility to Christianity to the beliefs of its founder Karl Marx who considered religion the opium of the people. However, there may be more to it than that.
When you read some of the writings of Karl Marx, more sinister overtones appear. However, to find it you need to look at his poetry.
In a poem entitled The Player, Marx wrote:
“The hellish vapours rise and fill the brain, till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed.
See this sword? The prince of darkness sold it to me.”
Now these lines could just be poetic license as Marx’s supporters have suggested, but we need to read Marx’s poetry with an understanding he came from a strong Christian background. He knew full well what he was writing.
The line “See this sword? The prince of darkness sold it to me” suggests a satanically inspirited violence and certainly where ever Communism rears its head, blood runs in the streets.
The authors of the Black Book of Communism estimate that Communism has resulted in the deaths of over 100 million people in the last century. Recent research now suggest that number is woefully low.
But perhaps Marx’s poetry reveals even a direct link to the satanic. Compare lines from two of Marx’s poems with a passage from Isaiah:
Comparing Karl Marx’s poetry with Isaiah
|Karl Marx poetry||Isaiah|
|“I shall build my throne high overhead.
Cold, tremendous shall its summit be
For its bulwark — superstitious dread.
For its marshal — blackest agony.”
— Invocation of one in Despair by Karl Marx_____________________________”Then I will be able to walk triumphantly
Like a god, through the rains of their kingdom
Every word of mine is fire and action.
My breast is equal to that of the Creator.”
— Human Pride by Karl Marx
|“But you (Satan) said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
— (Isaiah 14:13-14 NASV)
Perhaps we should not be surprised that everywhere we find communism, we not only find violence, but also the brutal persecution of Christians.