Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Evangelical Christian Leaders Hold Summit to Respond To Terrorism
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
(ANS) -- September 11th, should have just been a solemn day and day of remembering the loved ones lost in that deadly attack. But instead on the anniversary of 9/11 Muslim extremists in Libya and Egypt attacked the US Embassy and consulates after the release online of a film mocking Islam and depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed as a child molester, womanizer and ruthless killer.
Other sources believe the attack to be Al Qaeda sponsored revenge attack for the killing of Al Qaeda’s second in command a few months ago.
A building burns at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi
(Photo: Mustafa El-Shridi, European Pressphoto
Agency / September 11, 2012)
Ambassador Chris Stevens, who risked his life to help Libyans overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was killed overnight in the former rebel capital of Benghazi. He was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed violently in the line of duty since 1979. Three other of his staff also lost their lives.
Libyans from all over the world have spoken out in condemnation of this cowardly and barbaric act. Ali Alwaj, a Libyan living and working in the US said on his Facebook wall “How can we do this to our friends who supported us when we needed them the most?
When people were dying in Benghazi, the USA government was pushing China, Russia, India, Algeria and Brazil for the no fly zone and they refused. But guess what -- the USA went any way. That is the country that stood by the Libyans even though the criminal, Muammar Gaddafi, tried to buy my adopted nation, the USA, and begged them for help, but fortunately the USA refused and stood by last year’s Feb 17th Libyan Revolution.
Ambassador Chris Stevens
Now Ambassadors Stevens, a man who courageously helped the Libyan people during their time of need, has been brutally murdered. What a way to reward this hero!
Now, just days after the anniversary of 9/11 and the deadly terrorist attacks in Libya and Egypt, a coalition of evangelical Christian leaders are convening a summit of Evangelicals For Peace on the topic of “Christian Moral Responsibility In The 21st Century.”
The purpose for this summit is to mobilize the Evangelical Christian community in peacemaking and terrorism prevention around the world. It will be held September 14, 2012 from 8 to 5 pm at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance says, “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Christian brothers and sisters in countries with Muslim majority populations in condemning both the video and the violence that has followed its publication.
Lisa Gibson with a new friend during a visit to Benghazi in Libya
Rick Love, Organizer of Evangelicals for Peace and President of Peace Catalyst International said, “The goal of Evangelicals for Peace is to help the church respond in a biblical manner to the kind of evil events we witnessed today. The assassination of the U.S. Ambassador of Libya and the video that purportedly triggered this event, both demand strong censure.”
Lisa Gibson, Executive Director of the Peace and Prosperity Alliance told ANS, “For too long the Evangelical community has abdicated their role and responsibility to be involved in global peacemaking. The continued terrorist attacks around the world is a wakeup call that Christians must be involved in fighting this battle with the only effective weapon, the weapon of peace.”
Ms. Gibson has worked in Libya for eight years after losing her brother on the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, which Libya was found responsible for and even met with and forgave Muammar Gaddafi, the man responsible for her brother’s death.
The goals of the summit are:
* To birth and build a network of evangelical scholars and activists committed to the pursuit of a biblical, comprehensive, and proactive peace
* To reduce violence, work toward human flourishing, and prevent war
* To mobilize and educate a new generation of evangelicals committed to the pursuit of peace
* To convene a gathering of non-profit and pastoral leaders who are actively working for peace with justice throughout the world
* To give a special focus on peace as it relates to U.S. Foreign Policy
The lineup of speakers include:
Geoff Tunnicliff, D.Min., CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance, representing 600 million evangelicals
David Gushee, Ph.D., Professor of Ethics at Mercer University and co-author of Kingdom Ethics
Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners and author of numerous books, including God’s Politics
Douglas Johnston, Ph.D., President of International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
Lisa Sharon Harper, director of Mobilizing at Sojourners and co-author of Left, Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics
Bob Roberts Jr., D.Min., Senior Pastor of NorthWood Church and author of numerous books, including Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World
David Beasley, former Republican Governor of South Carolina & National Prayer Breakfast activist
Glen Stassen, Ph.D., Professor of Ethics at Fuller Seminary and editor of Just Peacemaking
Sami Awad, Executive Director of Holy Land Trust
Eric Patterson, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University.
David W. Shenk, Ph.D., Global Consultant with Eastern Mennonites and co-author of A Muslim and Christian in Dialogue
Lisa Gibson, J.D., Executive Director of Peace and Prosperity Alliance and author of Life in Death: A Journey From Terrorism to Triumph
For more information or to register to attend this conference visit http://peace-catalyst.net/evangelicals-for-peace. For interviewa, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dan Wooding, 71, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards -- the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.” To order a copy, go to:
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