1 The same thing happened in Iconium…3 “But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders…5 Then a mob of Gentiles and Jews, along with their leaders, decided to attack and stone them. 6 When the apostles learned of it, they fled…” Acts 14:1,3,5–6
Let’s take this passage of Scripture and bring it into today’s news.
Radicalized Christian Fundamentalists Escape Capture.
by Im Wright, staff reporter for Today’s Worldly News
As has been reported by responsible journalists, the dangerous team of Paul and Barnabas has been creating unrest in our community for quite some time. Their deceptive actions have been condemned by their own ethnic leaders and by all civic and religious leaders in our community.
This reporter asked respected people in our city their thoughts about the troubling developments from Paul and Barnabas. Here are two of these comments:
I think they must be magicians, the way they ‘heal’ sick people and do things that can’t be explained. But magic has nothing to do with science and reason. I think they are a bad influence on our children.Thomas Niceman, a Good Intentions high school teacher.
Our mayor, Nikem Ubet, has taken a stronger stand against these terrorists that give a bad name to Christianity. Here is an excerpt from the mayor’s comments.
Their magic means nothing; they are charlatans, pure and simple. They have harmed enough people in our town, so it’s high time for them to be punished for their damning actions. The city council and I have started proceedings against these wick men. Since they have left us no doubt regarding their guilt, we expect to bypass the established judicial process and immediately apply capital punishment, thereby warning anyone else that thinks they can come to our fine city and stir up trouble, setting families against families. I can promise everyone that they won’t be bothering us much longer.”Nikem Ubet, Mayor
This news just in, our Chief of Police just finished a press conference. He said that Paul and Barnabas had disappeared. Following a BOLO (be on the look out) that he issued yesterday, our city can rest easy again. These radicalized Christians are gone for good.
I don’t think my imagined news report is far from what would happen if a Paul and Barnabas came to my town. I am sure that God’s miracles would only harden the hearts of most of my community’s leaders.
Let’s pray for the leaders God has given us. Let’s pray for the people that lead and teach our children. Let’s not be bystanders to Christ’s great commission.
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