The Chinese Communist regime in Beijing has launched a massive campaign against the growing movement of Christians and their churches across China.
People are forced to leave services, pastors are arrested and sent to prison, and church buildings are demolished by bulldozers. All for the crime of professing an unapproved religious faith.
But what happens in China if you merely drink too much and say something critical of the police in a “private” chat room? Watch this leaked video of the interrogation of a man whose only crime was doing just that. Notice the shackle chair in which he is held, defenseless:
Chinese police interrogators grill a man for making a joke about them on social media. It was a private chat room. pic.twitter.com/S01IP300m3
Quarterback Nick Foles went from being Super Bowl MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 to breaking his clavicle in his first game with the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this year.
To put Foles’ situation in a congressional staff context, imagine getting a big promotion from a good job on an important House staff to a bigger Senate slot that pays more and demands everything you’ve got.
Then a couple of weeks after starting, the chief of staff who hired you leaves and the new guy has his own favorite for the position you just took over. You can see where it’s going and it ain’t looking good.
So how do you react? Check out this video of Foles laying out his reactions for reporters to an injury that sidelined him at just about the worst possible time:
“These environments were hostile in so many ways for a person who may or may not have had shoes on, or warm clothing, or a place to sleep. They had to really hide themselves in bushes and marshes. It’s incredible what they were able to do to survive.”
Vietnam? Africa maybe? How about the United States of America, somewhere before the Civil War when Harriet Tubman was running slaves in the Antebellum South on the underground railroad to freedom in the North.
Bet that headline caught you by surprise. After all, why would it appear on HillFaith, which is devoted to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the men and women who work on congressional staffs?
Okay, I admit it, I’ve been a little deceptive. The post on iApologia by Daniel Currier I am about to encourage you to read does deal with three reasons people often give for rejecting or leaving the Christian.
But these aren’t evidential reasons, which, if you are intellectually honest, would be the only kind that could justify such a decision. Jesus existed in history, the evidence for His resurrection is abundant, as is the testimony for His having a far bigger and comprehensively positive impact on, literally, billions of people since His brief 33 years on this earth ended.
Something genuinely significant appears to be occurring in connection with Kanye West and his ‘Sunday Service’ evangelism events, with “thousands” reportedly responding to the altar call in Baton Rouge Friday evening.
Kanye West’s latest album — “Jesus Is King” — appears to be generating big cultural waves being felt on the Internet, according to reporting by Faithwire Editor Tre Goins-Phillips.
“The 11-track album is chockfull of Bible references, and according to Bible Gateway, online searches for Scripture passages and faith-based phrases in the songs have spiked since the record was released in late October,” Goins-Phillips said.
There was also a leap in searches for “What do Christians believe?” and “Jesus,” he said.
Read that headline again because it probably doesn’t suggest what you thought it did the first time through. That is, it’s NOT suggesting that if you think there are little green men somewhere “out there,” you must also believe God exists.
Now, check out this logic from Timothy Fox, one of the proprietors of the Free Thinking Ministries blog, in an illuminating post on Dr. Sean McDowell’s blog entitled “Aliens and the Existence of God”: