I heard from CBN and also The Gospel Coalition recently that one of the fastest growing churches in the world is found, in all places, the country of Iran! Nothing displays more the grace and glory of Christ than the contrast in this! While in America, we enjoy seven or more Bible translations at our fingertips and the power bible software like Logos, we have plenty of churches to choose from (though hard too), we struggle to see the growth of Christian population anywhere. Why?
To start with: I posted this video from Baghdad, Iraq about two brothers abandoned by their father, experienced and witnessed the cruelty and grossness of their society even within their own family, the story of which moved me to tears. How they from a Muslim upbringings, where shame reigns supreme in their society, found Christ and gave their lives to Jesus.
The apologetics that we need. The moving shattering lives of Baghdad and the power of kindness and love 💕 because of Jesus. Musika found Jesus.
The moving story of two Muslim young men, Ahmed & Mohr, from their shattered lives in Baghdad found Christ as they were almost killed by their own family and society. How they were begging for food bare footed on a boiling hot day, were met by amazingly, General Petraeus, one day on the street of Baghdad. His compassion moved him to get drinks and food for them; met their mum, and helped the devastated shattered mum running away from her husband and society, he offered her a job in the US army work. From there, they were nourished and recovered physically, mentally. Up to a point when the Iraqi society were threatening to kill the mum because she was working for the US army. She was then told by US army that she can’t work there anymore because of the threats coming in. But the General kindly again offered to help her refugee status to US, and of course, they took it, and were flown to the US. In the US, they looked for Arabic community, and these people brought them to church without pushing the gospel, but just showed them kindness.
Growing up in the streets of Baghdad abandoned by their abusing father, these boys began to fund God as their father, the love of the community shown to them. They saw the joy and peace among these people in the church, and they said “whatever that’s in them, I want” ! Before long, they gave their lives to Jesus. A truly movingly powerful testimony life story, that speaks volume to us.
The power of compassion and love for the downtrodden, bringing justice and help and love for those victimized, is a powerful story that many would be glad to embrace the God of such. The compassion story by Christians is really driven by the compassion and love of Christ for us, and our story is not humanistic, it is absolutely divine. There is nothing more powerful and sustaining and refreshing and hope giving than the story of the love and faithfulness and truth in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said in Luke 10:
30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he encountered robbers, and they stripped him and [q]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by coincidence a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan who was on a journey came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two [r]denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think [s]proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed compassion to him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [t]the same.”
This is the powerful Apologetics that we need to see more.