What would happen if the cause of celebration was to elevate human rights and religious persecution to a level where governments are prodded to act in unity to block any escape by the perpetrators?
Isn’t the ACE of Hearts – the hearts of all God’s people coming together in unity – something that has never happened before? The information technology age can bare persecution and abuse and compel governments to stomp it out.
Johnnie Moore published an op-ed piece this week leading with this question:
“As priests are abducted in Crimea, churches burn in Sudan, and American pastors waste away in North Korean prisons, how long will it take this administration to name a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom?”
Did you even know there was such a position in the American government? I did not. Apparently this position has been vacant for six months.
Nero fiddles while Rome burns.
A second article this week by the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, also caught my eye. He talks about the healing taking place in Rwanda after the horrid genocide between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes twenty years ago.
Mr. Kagame says the Rwandans made three fundamental choices to move beyond the horror of the past:
- Stay together
- Put aside false divisions and hold ourselves accountable
- Think big
Streamside believes the time has come for all believers in God to aggregate – to come and stay together; to celebrate the exposure of false divisions among us and hold ourselves accountable; and elevate issues of human rights abuse and religious persecution, thinking so big that governments dare not listen to the cry of the world’s people.
The Ace of Hearts is about putting love into action for justice as we walk with God.
Shouldn’t each of us become the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom?