Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:1-6
You have probably heard the old aphoristic saying, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
I was mulling that over after I read this item from today’s Washington Times:
The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have began forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in Egypt to pay a jizya tax as indicated in Koran 9:29, author and translator Raymond Ibrahim reported on Sunday.
Jizya is the money, or tribute, “that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords ‘with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued’ to safeguard their existence.”
I found that interesting. While I don’t mean to make light of the Christian oppression and persecution that is taking place in Egypt and around the world in alarming numbers, the headline gave me pause…
“If I were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to force me to pay a jizya tax or any other kind of abusive tax?”
Well I haven’t been arrested or accused yet, but I have once again been sent a bill from the IRS for several thousands of dollars, making this two years in a row. Last year it was cleared up with a simple response to the agency, and I have no reason to suspect this time will be any different, but in light of one of our nation’s most recent scandal regarding the IRS and their sketchy (illegal?) dealings with conservative Christians, I cannot help but wonder — is this nonsense still going on, or is this merely a coincidence?
God only knows.
Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:19-21
While I might be experiencing a twinge of paranoia, the reality is that Christians are being persecuted by the millions around the world and it is rapidly coming to America.
Consider the statistics:
- Christianity is the largest; most widely spread faith in the world (Reuters)
- About 100 million Christians are persecuted around the world (Reuters)
- Another 150 Million Christians are murdered each year (UCANews)
I’m not even dogmatic about the numbers. They could be off by 90% and they are still staggering –15 million Christians killed annually is satanically horrific.
What’s Our Recourse?
Prayer is always our first response. God changes us through prayer and He gives us the inside scoop through prayer. What do I mean by the ‘inside scoop?’ By that I mean He reveals His will to us. The reality is that sometimes God allows a Christian to be in jail (the Apostle Paul, for example), because that believer can (perhaps) share the Gospel with a people group who might not otherwise hear the Good News of salvation through Christ Jesus. All the more reason we need to understand the biblical concept of incorporating “Thy will be done,” into our prayers.
What you do after prayer is between you and God.
Submit yourself to God, listen for His response, and then comply with His directive.
“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to Coptic Christians: Convert to Islam, or Pay ‘Jizya’ Tax (amren.com)
- MUSLIM SAVAGES IN Egypt Christians Killed for Not Paying Jizya Tax!! #EDL #ISLAM (ufohunterorguk.com)
- Christian Persecution in Syria (christianlibertynews.wordpress.com)
- Fox News asks Raymond Ibrahim why Christians persecute Muslims (humanevents.com)
- Emails show IRS’ Lois Lerner Targeted Tea Party
- School Tells Child She Can’t Write About God