Pastor's Corner

19 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

It is rare that a public figure comes right out with the truth. Chamath Palihapitiya, a 45-year-old billionaire venture capitalist who owns a stake in the Golden State Warriors NBA team, had no trouble letting everyone know how he felt about the Uyghurs in China.  The Uyghurs are one of China's 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities.  The Uyghurs have traditionally inhabited a series of oases scattered across the Taklamakan Desert within the Tarim Basin. These oases have historically existed as independent states or were controlled by varying civilizations.  Uyghurs gradually started to become Islamized in the 10th century and most Uyghurs identified as Muslims by the 16th century. Islam has since played an important role in Uyghur culture and identity.

It is well known that the government of China openly oppresses this people group and uses them as slaves, among many other atrocities.  The NBA has a financial stake in China and has shied away from being negative in any way in hopes to appease the ruling party.  When pressed on the NBA’s lack of concern for this people group Mr. Palihapitiya on the All-in Podcast said, “Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK. You bring it up because you really care, and I think it’s nice that you really care; the rest of us don’t care,” he told his co-hosts on “All-In” as they tried to clarify what he actually meant. “I’m just telling you a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things I care about, yes, it’s below my line.”

With China hosting the Olympics this year, billions of dollars in trade revenue among food, clothing and entertainment companies, the treatment of the Uyghur people has been ignored.  This is the first time someone with a direct connection with the NBA actually confirmed what many people already suspected. 

It is sad that very little is being done to bring attention to what is happening to the people in China.  Paul warned Timothy - Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. 1 Timothy 6:9-10

Be thankful for the freedom you still have in this country.  Pray for those who have authority to make major change in our world.  Pray that the Lord would change their hearts toward compassion for their fellow person.  

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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