Between Heaven and Hell


PAKISTAN-UNREST-RELIGION

Shamim Masih writes about the gap between the poor Christian majority of Pakistan and the wealthier Christian minority of Pakistan. Shamim’s text is Mark 12: 31 of which the context can be found in Mark 12: 28-31. Shamim’s ire might seem to American Christians that are to the right of the political spectrum as a Social Justice and Spread the Wealth concepts of Left Wing American Christians (A more detailed exploration of Progressive Christianity HERE). Nonetheless, the persecution that is too often felt by Pakistan’s poorer Christians while the wealthier Christians promote themselves or market a business that is more beneficial to Pakistan’s majority Muslim population is a bit of a back stabbing to Pakistan’s poorer Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

 

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Between Heaven and Hell

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 8/6/2013 12:34 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: The Bible shows that there are two great commandments. The first commandment is to love God with all our being. The second commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. So how do we show that we love our neighbors?

 

Jesus said, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

 

Let me give you a story of a Christian from West Virginia, he narrates:

 

“I’ve always loved to work on cars. Whenever I was out driving and saw someone alongside the road with car problems, I stopped to help. It was rewarding to fix their car, but more rewarding to help them.

 

“One time in the dead of winter, I found this stranded couple trying to stay warm in their freezing car. No one had stopped to help. Another time, a family of six was trying to make it to their relatives for some food to eat. They had put a couple of dollars of gas in their old car, hoping it would be enough. It wasn’t.

 

“I was always thankful to God that I could help. But just like them, one day my car broke down. I had a flat tire and had no spare. I was in the middle of nowhere. But then, something happened I will never forget!

 

“I got out and leaned against my car, wondering what I was going to do. Seemingly out of nowhere, two men in an old wrecker suddenly pulled along beside me.

 

“‘You need a tire, don’t you?’ asked one of them. Before I could even answer, they got out of the wrecker, grabbed a tire from the back, and changed my tire as I stood there speechless! When they finished, I asked, ‘How much do I owe you?’ The man simply replied, ‘Nothing. We all need a hand every now and then.’ They promptly turned around and drove away.

 

“I know that God sent these ‘Good Samaritans’ to help me. God says that when we look out for others, He will look out for us. He proved it to me that day.”

 

Street life:

 

More than 25 million Pakistani Christians are living below the poverty line. The Life of Christians living in the slum areas is not better than street life.

 

On the other hand, Christian leadership [in Pakistan] includes religious, social and political [privileges] enjoying luxurious lives. Do they justify that they are following Christ’s teaching? Correct me if I am wrong, charities are based on the teaching of Christ, “love thy neighbor”. So it is mandatory for religious leadership and it applies to social leadership as well. But ground reality is totally opposite. It is reported that some Churches in Pakistan have properties worth billions of dollars in the shape of Christian Missionary Schools, Colleges and Hospitals which are being run as business concerns and benefiting Muslims only. And [the Christian] establishment of Pakistan uses its clergy to speak against issues of common Christians on international forums but I assure them that they do not represent a common Christian. Pakistani Bishops have luxury homes in the UK, France, the US, and Europe, whereas the communities for whom these donations are received are living in the slum areas.

 

Even non-profit organizations –NGOs funded for charitable programs- spend millions of rupees for their personal promotions and for their own luxuries rather than doing something for poor’s. I will soon uncover the stories behind the closed doors that [demonstrate] how these black sheep play with the sentiments of marginalized community.  Where does a common Christian stand, “between heaven and hell”?

 

It is also reported that the same NGO workers have been fighting to hake [perhaps bake or hack] the case. It is pathetic that the Church that is the essence of Christianity is not seen anywhere.  Reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel. Jesus said that the essence of Christianity could be summed up in two inseparable commandments: Love God, and love thy neighbor. First, Christian Community Development is concerned with reconciling people to God and bringing them into a church fellowship where they can be a disciple in their faith.

 

But can a gospel that reconciles people to God without reconciling people to people be the true gospel of Jesus Christ? Our love for Christ should break down every racial, ethnic or economic barrier. As Christians come together to solve the problems of their community, the great challenge will be to partner and witness together across these barriers. Christian Community Development [I am uncertain if Shamim is referring to the concept of rich-poor unity or to an organization. I found a Pakistani NGO that could also be the reference of Shamim – Christian Development Organization of Pakistan (CDOP)] recognizes that the task of loving the poor is shared by the entire body of Christ, black, white, brown, and yellow, rich and poor, urban and suburban.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk. Take note that everything in brackets are editor notations.

 

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Shamim Masih’s Donate/Support info:

 

FOR USD TRANSFER.
Intermediary Bank:                         MASHREQ BANK, NEW YORK
Intermediary Bank SWIFT BIC:         MSHQUS33
Beneficiary Bank:                         JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:                 JSBLPKKA
Bank A/c # at Intermediary bank:         70008227
Title Of a/c                                Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:                 405527

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IBAN #                                        pk80jsbl9530000000405227

FOR GBP TRANSFER.
Intermediary Bank:                         MASHREQ BANK, LONDON
Intermediary Bank SWIFT BIC:         MSHQGB2L
Beneficiary Bank:                         JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:                 JSBLPKKA
Bank A/c # at Intermediary bank:         00010855
Title Of a/c                                Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:                 405527
IBAN #                                        pk80jsbl9530000000405227

FOR EURO TRANSFER.
Intermediary Bank:                         MASHREQ BANK, LONDON
Intermediary Bank SWIFT BIC:         MSHQGB2L
Beneficiary Bank:                         JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:                 JSBLPKKA
Bank A/c # at Intermediary bank:         10847
Title Of a/c                                Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:                 405527
IBAN #                                        pk80jsbl9530000000405227

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I am a Neoconservative Christian Right blogger. I also spend a significant amount of time of exposing theopolitical Islam.

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