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9.28.2005    |    Our friends the Saudis
Here's the headlines a search on "Saudi" yielded on the Washington Post website this morning:
  • 3 Saudi Defendants Dismissed in 9/11 Suits
  • Two Beheaded in Saudi Arabia Over Rape
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Chides U.S. Policy
  • Vote Seen As Breakthrough for Saudi Women
  • Saudi Fighters in Iraq Bring Money
  • Hughes Raises Driving Ban With Saudis
  • Bush Waives Saudi Trafficking Sanctions
In that last story (link here), the "trafficking" is in human beings. The opening paragraph is really all one needs to know about our friends the Saudis, at least their true nature:
President Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Washington's closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers.
That "closest Arab ally" also says volumes, given that the Saudis are the source of much of the world's Islamic terror, given that the Saudis incite hatred against Christians, Jews, and, actually, all non-Muslims and even some sects within the "religion of peace" who have been at swordpoint with the Sunni branch of this devil's cult.

Well, I suppose that President Bush, having come from an oil-wealthy family, has his personal reasons for keeping the Saudis close. I surely wish that it would be due to the old adage, "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."

I wish. But I think I'd be wrong. My sense is that love of money rules the heart of many of those in power, as it appaently rules the heart of a professed Christian (Bush) who does not lead us in war against the Saudis. Saddam is an evil man. So too is the Saudi ruling family evil, and those who collaborate with them.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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