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Religious Freedom Attacked in Sudan

Religious Freedom Attacked in Sudan
In July, the Department of Education in Sudan began requiring Christian schools to hold classes on Sunday. Since Sudan has a majority Muslim population, most observe their “weekend” on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday considered the first day of the new work week. Although this requirement doesn’t directly affect believers who observe the seventh-day Sabbath, it does affect most other Christians in the country.

Since 2012, Christian organizations and believers have been suffering persecution in Sudan at an alarming rate. Churches have been destroyed, bookstores have been closed, and many believers have received death threats. According to Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List, the of Sudan ranks as the fifth worst persecutor of Christians among the nations.

Events like this one should remind remnant Christians of the persecution that will soon come upon the world regarding God’s holy day. It should also remind us that this restriction on religious liberty contradicts the basic principle of Christianity—love. Jesus came to our world to bring freedom: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; …to proclaim liberty to the captives … to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).

In the final days of earth’s history, the last great conflict will be over the freedom to obey God or submit to the will of sinful humanity. As in the Sudanese crisis, we will show our allegiance to God or the earthly government by the day we choose to honor.

Click here to find an informative, inspiring resource about this impending crisis.