Monthly Archives: July 2013

The West Is Degraded, Only Russia Can Help, Say Mideast Christians

By Martin Roth

With the “degraded” West offering no assistance, Middle East Christians are saying that only one country will help them in their current plight – Russia.

That is the message from Dmitry Pakhomov, one of the executives of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

His remarks are available at the website of the Vestnik Kavkaza news organization here, made at a press conference that seems to have been attended mainly by a small number of extremely beautiful young women.

Here is a little of what he had to say:

“For the past few years I have been engaged in the increasing problem of the persecution of Christians, motivated by religious hatred in the Arab world. Last year I visited the Arab Republic of Syria and I have seen first-hand the destruction of Christian churches and monasteries.

“During our meeting with our Lebanese friends they pointed to the following: modern West, modern Western civilization is rapidly degrading. The Maronite church, for example, has always relied on the support of France. So, in the words of Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rai, the West has now ceased to support the Christians of the Middle East, especially since in France, he said, the situation of religious freedom is very bad, due to the fact that a law was passed to legalize same-sex marriage, and Christians were against this. Francois Hollande, the president, spoke rather as an opponent of the position of Christians.

“Accordingly, he said now the only hope is for Russia, the Russian Orthodox church. According to him, Russia is the only country in the world that is quick to respond to all of the events in the Middle East related to the harassment of Christians.”

Mr Pakhomov said he was forming a delegation of Russian and Ukrainian political leaders to travel to Lebanon and Syria.

In addition, he said that Christians had created a new organization, Christian Defense, “to help Christians here in Russia, at all levels,” including Christian refugees in the country.

 

A Psalm for the Battle: Reflections on Psalm 18, Christians and Warfare

By Martin Roth

Psalm for the Battle - coverJust uploaded to Amazon Kindle, my new devotional, A Psalm for the Battle: Reflections on Psalm 18, Christians and Warfare.

Here’s the Amazon blurb –

What does God really think about war?

In this short devotional (7,600 words) best-selling Christian author Martin Roth uses the resounding words of Psalm 18 – in which David praises God for victory in battle – to examine some of the ethical issues of Christianity and warfare.

He asks questions such as when can a Christian soldier kill? How are we to understand some of the bloodthirsty passages of the Old Testament? Does God still provide guidance to military commanders, as He did in Old Testament times? What does a Christian do when ordered on a suicide mission?

And he provides some surprising answers. He includes testimonies from modern-day military leaders who have clearly heard God speaking to them at critical times of battle.

And did you know that some of the Japanese kamikaze pilots – who deliberately crashed their aircraft into American warships during World War II – were devout Christians? How did they reconcile their actions with their faith?

But ultimately this devotional is about the spiritual battle faced by every Christian. It is for all those who have been challenged by the stirring words from the Book of Ephesians:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.