In an impassioned speech to Christians Wednesday, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, warned that "there is a spiritual battle to turn off the light" in America and urged people of faith to shine their spiritual light to dispel the darkness.
"Will we drink the Kool-Aid that this is the last viable generation that can advance American Christianity or better yet, Christianity in the American public square? Are we done? Is it over?" Rodriguez asked in the early moments of a 20-minute message during the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2015 national conference themed "The Gospel & Politics" in Nashville, Tennessee.
Shortly before delivering his warning, Rodriguez highlighted the power of faith in the lives of Christians and how God's work usually begins with turning the light on. more >>
Christian leaders in Syria have condemned the Easter-period bombings of neighborhoods in Aleppo, noting that the ongoing civil war continues to slaughter men, women and children.
"During the Easter period, our city and our people suffered intense pain, anguish and discomfort during the night when neighborhoods in the city were hit with rocket-propelled grenades, with a destructive capacity that we had never heard and seen before," the heads of churches and Christian communities in Aleppo said in a statement, according to Fides News Agency.
They asked whether Easter is "the time of the Resurrection of the Savior or the funeral of his disciples?" and called on all "people of conscience" to stop the ongoing massacre in Syria. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has started a petition demanding that President Barack Obama apologize for calling some Christians "less than loving" in his remarks at Tuesday's Easter Prayer Breakfast.
As millions of Christians around the world were celebrating Easter Sunday, the Christians of the Muslim world were again under attack. The April 2 Islamic jihad attack on a Kenyan school—where the Islamic murderers made sure to slaughter only Christian students, sparing fellow Muslims—was only the most spectacular attack.
On Easter Sunday itself, as some media reported, the Islamic State destroyed the Virgin Mary Church in Tel Nasri—loosely translated as "Christian Hill"—in northeast Syria.
Even lesser known is that other churches and Christians in the Middle East were attacked during Easter weekend. Take Egypt. President Sisi recently decreed that a Christian church should be built in the Upper Egyptian town of al-Our, where 13 of the 21 Christians who were gruesomely beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya grew up, and where their families still live. The church was meant to honor them and the nation of Egypt. more >>
Is Obama more Christian than David Cameron? Their respective Easter pronouncements might indicate so.
The President gave "thanks for the extraordinary sacrifice that Jesus made for our salvation" and professed to "rejoice in the triumph of the Resurrection." He pledged to "renew our commitment to live as He commanded — to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves."
In contrast, the British Prime Minister, even though writing for a Christian publication, offered a more bloodless ode to Easter as supposed symbol of "compassion, forgiveness, kindness, hard work and responsibility," without mentioning Jesus or resurrection. He admitted he's a "bit hazy on the finer points of our faith." more >>
President Barack Obama went off-script during remarks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning to say he is concerned about Christians who are "less than loving" in their expressions.
After sharing quotes from both the Apostle Paul and Pope Francis, Obama went on encourage Americans to love our neighbors as ourselves.
"On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love," the President continued. "And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that's a topic for another day." more >>