Thursday, July 14, 2011

New South Could Have Consequences For Christians In North Sudan

On July 9, 2011 (a day before my 20th Birthday!!!!!!), Sudan split into two countries, Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan.  For those who don't know, the reason for this split is because the people in Southern Sudan (made up of mostly animists and my brethren in Christ Jesus) were tired of being enslaved by the Arab Muslims in the North. So they voted to split from the Northern part of Sudan in January. They have finally split and now all is well for northern and southern Sudan, isn't it? (Besides the date, the words in bold are mine.)

07/14/2011 Sudan (Worthy News)– Amid all the news over the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, Carl Moeller of Open Doors fears something was overlooked.

“We are rejoicing that there are increased freedoms in the South,” said Moeller, “but we have to ask the question: What about the Christians in the North?”

“The biggest challenge that they’re facing right now is a decree from President Bashir that he is going to strengthen shar’ia law after the secession is finalized,” said Moeller.
 Uh-oh, that can't be a good thing. Strengthened Sharia Law can only mean more persecution for our Northern Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ. I don't think our Southern Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ had this in mind when they voted for a split back in January.

“This is not a historical, or political analysis, but we know the end of the story,” he said. “As believers, we know that Jesus has said He will build His church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it … Those Christians are bracing for an onslaught of new repression, but pray that they would be able to stand strong and continue to provide the light of Jesus Christ into their communities.”
Our Northern Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ have lots of persecution and trials coming their way. I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will keep them through the suffering.

Even though the country has split, I will still refer to Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan as Sudan in my labels.

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