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Radical Islam, Gospel void, sends France up in smoke October 21, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Culture/Society, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, World News.
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What would you do if you saw a group of teens insert a burning cloth into the fuel tank of your neighbor’s SUV? How would you react if those teenagers ran down your quaint suburban boulevard and torched 6 or 7 cars? Now, imagine living in Clichy, France, where over a 100 cars every day have been burned up in the last 12 months. For a year, the Chêne Pointu estate in Clichy-sous-Bois, just east of the Paris skyline, the cars have burned at an average of 112 per day.

Next week will mark the one year anniversary of the Clichy riots, and there’s no end in sight. In this Times article (here), the journalistcontinues, “There have been 15 attacks a day on police and emergency services. Nearly 3,000 police officers have been injured in clashes this year. Officers have been badly injured in four ambushes in the Paris outskirts since September. Some police talk of open war with youths who are bent on more than vandalism.”

The blame? Many blame radical Islam. Others blame the death of order in France. Still others blams the immigrants and refugees who have crossed their borders.  But I think we should look beyond the flames to a country who has legislated disorder and has discrimanently silenced the evangelical Christian gospel for more than a generation.  Now, the people cry “peace, peace,” but their streets burn with fury.  Radical Islam may be the cause, but the gospel of peace will roll back Clichy’s muslim furor.

If preached with power, only the radical call of Christ for repentance and faith in Him will lead a country out from doom.  Without it, the flames of Frenchmen will not be quenched by pompiers and a country that once brimmed with gospel missionaries will brim with flames of judgment from above.

We should pray for France, and for those called to carry the gospel there.  May God add increase to his work there, inspite of governmental efforts to silence the message of Christ.  Without the gospel, Clichy will continue to fall to flames, until she falls to her knees in repentance toward Christ.

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