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On March 14 2004 President Bush declared that allied forces had succeeded in creating an Afghanistan free from terror. In his address he announced, "Today, that nation (Afghanistan) has a democratic government and many allies -- and all of us are proud to be friends of the Afghan people." He went on to declare Afghanis free and democratic and to hold Afghanistan up as the kind of nation Iraq could become if the War on Terror continued unhindered. Let's hope Iraq fares better.

There's no doubt that Afghanistan's citizens are better off today than they were before the work of allied forces began. But Christianity is not. And while this is not Bush's or Blair's fault and was certainly not their intention, it is a sobering reality, a reminder of the limitations and short-sidedness of governments and armies throughout history. Allied forces have effectively freed Afghanis from the terror of the Taliban only to aid them in establishing a terror of their a own: a theocracy based on Islamic law which requires converts to Christianity to be executed. One nation under God has inadvertently established a nation opposed to it's God and it's God's followers.

The Associated press reports today that Senior Muslim clerics in Afghanistan are right now demanding that a citizen on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity receive the death penalty. If the courts do not execute him clerics are warning that they will rally the now liberated democratic people of Afghanistan to "pull him into pieces." The 41-year-old Rahman, a former medical aid worker, broke Afghanistan's theocratic Islamic laws against becoming a Christian.

"Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die," said cleric Abdul Raoulf, who is considered a moderate and was jailed three times for opposing the Taliban before the hard-line regime was ousted in 2001. He is a supporter of the War on Terror. He is an ally but an enemy of my King.

Pressured by Western leaders the courts in Afghanistan are frantically searching for ways to free the Christian convert without going against their own laws forbidding conversion. One out is for Rahman to claim insanity and another would be for him to be exiled to the West. But Said Mirhossain Nasri, a top cleric at the Hossainia Mosque in Kabul, said the convert should not be allowed to leave the country. "If he is allowed to live in the West, then others will claim to be Christian so they can, too," he said. "We must set an example. ... He must be hanged."

The clerics are angry with the United States for pushing for the convert's freedom. "We are a small country and we welcome the help the outside world is giving us. But please don't interfere in this issue," Nasri said. "We are Muslims and these are our beliefs."

So, should Christians support (however that's defined) U.S. government actions establishing new governments and nations if those nations are at their core opposed to Christ and Christianity? What do you think?


Blogger Journy To The Heart Of Switzerland said...

I was just wondering what would have happened, had America sent an army without bombs, tanks and guns. What would afghan people think of Christ today, had our soldiers gone only to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and vet the sick?

Blogger GrovesFan said...

Tough spot to be sure. I'll have to think on this one a great deal before I respond. One thing's for sure though, whatever is decided concerning this man, he has nothing to fear. He will either live with Christ in his heart here on earth, or live with Christ in Heaven. God one, satan nil. God will not be "insulted" either way.

Blogger Amy said...

This is isn't so different from the Afghanistan under the Taliban is it? After all, that Afghanistan was under Sharia (can't remember how to spell it) law as well.

Anyway, democracy and Islam are not very compatible. Iraq will not fare better. Islam leaves no room for democracy or personal freedom, if following the intentions of its founder.

Should Christians support the govts actions? Is there anything we can really do? Our best bet is to pray for the Afghani Christians and to find ways to lay our own lives down and enter the country. Or send action packs through VOM, or whatever we can find to do to help. We need to pray for the church there, we need to pray that the blood of the martyr will be the seed of the church and believe that God is accomplishing eternal purposes beyond the scope of our understanding.

Blogger Mrs.B said...

Christ helped people he knew would not return to worship Him. Of the 10 lepers only one returned to praise Him. The question is, are we helping establish new governments only for our benefit are are we trying to benefit the people of those countries. Besides, if only one, like the Christian in Afganastan, believes isn't it worth the effort. It takes only one to start epidemic...

Anonymous Tiffany said...

If it was a Jewish/Christian/Buddhist government that decided to oppose and jail Muslims, I would still have issues with the government. For me, the fact that he's a Christian isn't the issue.

Blogger michele said...

I think that eventually moderation will win the day and democracy will flourish. People want to be free not oppressed and this country was very happy to be freed from tyranny. They want our continued support and will learn that to be a player in global politics and receive aid from democratic nations you can't be barbaric and deny people their basic human rights. The clerics can rail all they want but the government won't put this man to death (their already looking for a way out of this).

There are 6,000 Christians in Afghanistan, pray to the Lord that number grows.

BTW, our soldiers are providing food and aid to the people but it’s not their job to be missionaries of Christ, that’s our job.

Blogger NerdMom said...

Once again I started to comment and it grew into its own post due to size.


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