Friday, May 29, 2009
A Subtle Persecution
It has been a very interesting week. I read an article in LifeNews that said "Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, on Thursday, signed a bill that would tighten abortion reporting requirements and ban sex-selection abortions. The bill would prohibit using abortions for purposes of sex-selection and would allow better reporting information about abortions done across the state". Here, in America, we need a bill to prohibit sex-selection abortions? Mr. Obama has nominated Miguel Diaz, a theology professor, to be the ambassador of the United States to the Holy See. Problem is, Mr. Diaz is a supporter of Kathleen Sibelius. I wonder what the Holy See will think about that. The California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, banning gay marriage in the state. Yet, some [marriages] that have already taken place may stand - and the opposition is getting ready for another assault.
Christians, we are now in the midst of a subtle persecution, and as history often repeats itself, worse hardships may be down the road. As those early Christians were strengthened by persecution, may God grant us the same strength to persevere.
This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost:
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit
may bring peace and unity to all mankind
Almighty and ever-living God,
you fulfilled the Easter promise
by sending us your Holy Spirit.
May that Spirit unite the races and nations on earth
to proclaim your glory.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.