We close out 2021 with John as a guest on KYMS radio with Lee Lancaster. John and Lee look at the miraculous escape by Christians who were kidnapped in Haiti as well as uplifting news of a persecuted man in China. But there are also some pretty grisly accounts of Christian persecution around the world and John shares a couple of those. He also dives into some predictions for 2022, including the impact of the midterm elections. Happy New Year everyone! We're off tomorrow – see you in 2022!
Once a month, John is a guest on KYMS, a local radio station here in the Inland Northwest, with Lee Lancaster to chat about current events and the martyred church. On today's podcast, John and Lee look at the threat Christianity poses to communist China and the measures China's government is taking to eradicate all opposition. They also discuss the growing pushback against mandates, both here and worldwide, and the avoidance by the Christian Church to wade into political or supposed controversial waters, too often falling into the social justice worldly camp instead. John also highlights the difference between persecution in the West and that in tyrannical countries.
The World Council of Churches has always found a reason to condemn Israel, but now they seem to be backing away from the BDS movement, something they have supported for the last two decades. Why is that? Back with us today is Dexter Van Zile (camera.org), Christian Media Analyst with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis. He looks at evidence that the WCC has in fact supported BDS over the years, but may be opting out now due to political concerns. They haven’t spoken out about religious persecution in China yet. We’ll see if they will.
A hot spot for religious persecution today, especially against Christians, can be found in China. Opening the show this week is Founder and President of China Aid, Bob Fu (chinaaid.org), who is also a Christian refugee from China. He describes how physical and virtual church gatherings have been banned, millions of people are in reeducation camps, and many people have been arrested and thrown in prison for hosting in-house church meetings and prayer groups. But the silver lining is that when persecution grows, so does the zeal for Christ and the number of Christians.
Since news stories have piled up here in the studio, John, Carol, and Steve convene the Steel Round Table to discuss a variety of important issues. They look at the cold wave that hit Texas and the issues surrounding that, a bill in the House that seems to target only President Trump, the push toward a digital currency, and Andrew Cuomo's rapid decline in the eyes of leftists. They also examine the chaos surrounding postmodernist thinking.
Will the ideological divide continue to widen in America or can we truly keep this the United States? Wrapping up the program this week is Dr. Richard Land (ses.edu), President of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He looks at the growing discontent among fly-over folks at being censored. The media is to blame as they throw gasoline on the fire of division with biased reporting and alternative definitions of words. The education system is to blame as well, teaching children that this is a horrible and racist country. Is there anything we can do to turn this highly divisive tide?
One of the world's hot spots for religious persecution, especially against Christians, is in China. Joining us today is Founder and President of China Aid, Bob Fu (chinaaid.org), who is also a Christian refugee from China. He describes how religious persecution today under the Chinese Communist Party is the worst it has been since the Cultural Revolution. Physical and virtual church gatherings have been banned, millions of Christians and people from other religious groups are in reeducation camps, and social credit score systems loom over everyone as a means of control. Many people are arrested and thrown in prison for hosting in-house church meetings and prayer groups. But the silver lining is that when persecution grows, so does the zeal for Christ and the number of Christians operating in an underground status.
We have commented regularly on the program about the persecution of Uyghur Muslims in China. Today, we interview an advocate for them, Salih Hudayar (east-turkistan.net), Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile. He discusses China's reinstatement onto the UN Human Rights Council and gives details of the persecution inside of China's re-education camps, including forced organ transplants.
John finishes up the podcast today with a sobering and sometimes graphic update on religious persecution, not only in China, but also in Pakistan, Egypt, Russia, Nigeria, and Kenya.