Jul 03 2010
Evangelists arrested at Dearborn Islamic festival
“For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.” 1. Peter 2:19.
In our churches we sing precious hymns such as “Tell the world Jesus saves” or “Tell me the story of Jesus”. It is only logical that we also practice what we sing about and go into the public telling others about Jesus and the sinners’ need to come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
Four preachers were recently talking to people on the sidewalk near an Islamic festival in Dearborn, MI in order to tell others of Jesus’ love but they were surrounded and arrested by a number of policemen. The Dearborn police department is run by Ron Haddad, its first Arab American chief. We wonder if this is some kind of a sharia-enforcing police state? it was already ruled by a judge that Christians are not to pass out gospel tracts near that Islamic festival in Dearborn, MI. Apparently there is ‘freedom of religion’ in this country except in Dearborn Michigan during the Arab Festival. Real Americans and old-time Christians know that all of these rulings and the actions of the Dearbons police are altogether unconstitutional and un-American.
The evangelists were wrongfully accused of “breach of the peace”. Obviously, it is disturbing to sinners to hear of the name of Jesus for the convicting power of the Holy ghost certainly disturbs the fleeting peace of the unsaved sinner by reminding him of the brevity of his life and future destiny of judgment and condemnation. We sing that song called “Don’t Put Off Salvation Too Long”. Yes, we do mean that. Gospel truth applies to every human being and every street corner of every continent including Dearborn, Mi. Gospel truth is like a law of nature. It is non-optional and bring about consequences depending on whether we obey or disobey.
Watch how the Dearborn police violates the constitutional rights of Christians and arrests people for doing what is right:
It seems American cops are enforcing Muslim sharia laws instead of defending the principles of the US constitution and individial rights. It is sad that a lot cities in the US have ordinances that are altogether unconstitutional because they restrict the freedom of speech for example on sidewalks, public squares etc. All of this is in dire need to be struck down as unconstitutional. It is hypocritical when city officials put restrictions on free speech because of noise concerns ( a streetpreacher using a bullhorn) but will wink at pick up trucks with loud muffler systems (“echo tips”) that wake up entire neighborhoods.
I would like to share with you two letters to officials in Dearborn, MI. The first is a letter to the mayor of Dearborn with a complaint about the wrongful arrest:
Dear Mayor O’Reilly:
A number of Christians have been arrested on the streets of Dearborn while peacefully handing out gospel literature near an Arab festival. It seems like Dearborn has turned into a police state where religious freedom as secured in the Constitution does not exist.
I believe the police department under Ron Haddad has made a serious mistake. It was wrong and totally exaggerated to have almost a dozen policemen arrest a few Chrsitians doing what they are suppposed to do.
I plead with you that if Mr. Haddad does not apoligize for this case of unlawful arrest, he should be subsequently fired from his position because the United States of America is too precious to deserve to be turned into a police state.
The following is a letter to the Dearborn chief of police Ron Haddad with a similar complaint about the wrongful arrest of Christians:
Dear Mr. Haddad:
I oppose the unlawful and unconstitutional arrest of several Christian evangelists at a Dearborn Muslim festival.
I hope you have apologized to these men for the unlawful arrest.
These men certainly have the right to pass out literature on any street in Dearborn. In fact, it would be the job of the police to protect these men as they exercise their constitutional rights.
We don’t want a police state in Dearborn. I oppose the misconduct of those policemen. Why did you have almost a dozen policemen trying to hinder a couple of Christians doing what they’re supposed to do.
I am disappointed of this police state behavior in Detroit.
Part of the fault for such police-state-like conditions in Americans cities lies with the Christian churches themselves since many Christian churches are mere social clubs and no longer are involved in any public ministry, visitation or other effort to reach their neighborhoods for Christ. If a Christian sings those hymns such as “Rescue the perishing” or “Onward Christian Soldiers”, then there must be a tangible real-life compliance with the message of those songs or else we lie to God and those around us while we sing those songs with our lips, but do not follow the message in our hearts.
When I sing “Do You Know My Jesus” or “Tell me the story of Jesus”, then I need to put faith to action. These men in Dearborn were telling others the story of Jesus. They did nothing unusual or criminal. They told the world that Jesus saves. How sad that this day you get arrested for that in America while peole who run around in public almost completely naked do not get rebuked for indecent exposure. Things are getting mighty weird, don’t they?
As we observe Independence Day tomorrow, let us heed the words of the 3rd US president and signer of the Declaration of Independence John Adams. He said the following about Independence Day in a letter to his wife Abigail:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
I think we have forgotten the solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty! So I ask you to spend your Independence Day in a solemn act of devotion to God Almighty. Make it your prayer day! Have you prayed for your national leaders, judges and officials? The integrity of the US Supremce Court is currently being called into question as another ultra-liberal nominee is being considered. She has not much regard for the US Constitution and the founders’ original intent. For this woman judge international law seems to take precedence over the Constitution and she has defended pro-abortion and pro-sodomite laws in the past. So she is a judicial activist who legislates from the bench and bends the law to get what she wants it mean. So even after the horrible Kelo v. City of New London blooper of 2005 that abolished traditional property rights in favor of the use of eminent domain for economic development, the Supreme Court is still in need of prayer for godly wisdom and sound Biblical principles for decision-making.
Please write me and tell me that you are participating in solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty as John Adams envisioned. Thank you!
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