The Dangers of the Comfortable Middle

Mar 12, 2023

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Who really are the people who are the farthest away from God? Sometimes it is the people in the comfortable middle.

Timestamps, Links, and Resources

0:00- How does evangelism work?

The Problem with the Evangelical Church with Donald Williams

4:40- The comfortable middle – the people who are the farthest from God

8:26- Thanks to our supporters

12:35- Update on Afghan Christian who came through the Mexican border

November 30, 2022 An Afghan soldier fleeing the Taliban spent months reaching the U.S. to request asylum. He was arrested at the Texas border.
https://www.texastribune.org/2022/11/30/afghan-soldier-asylum-texas-jail-taliban-border/

February 23, 2023: How new Biden asylum rule affects immigration, compares to Trump
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/how-new-biden-asylum-rule-affects-immigration-compares-to-trump

February 17, 2023: How the Biden Administration May Keep Asylum out of Reach After Title 42

How the Biden Administration May Keep Asylum out of Reach After Title 42

February 27, 2023: President Biden’s Proposed Asylum Ban: 5 Things to Know
https://www.fwd.us/news/asylum-ban/

23:00- UNHCR update

26:18- The nightmare of Pakistan visas for Afghans

December 30, 2022 NADRA asked to take action against overstaying foreigners
https://www.nation.com.pk/30-Dec-2022/nadra-asked-to-take-action-against-overstaying-foreigners

December 29, 2022: Amnesty for illegal foreigners in Pakistan to end on Dec 31

Amnesty for illegal foreigners in Pakistan to end on Dec 31

30:58- Congressional hearings on Afghanistan

August 9, 2022: Behind the headlines: What is the Afghan Adjustment Act?
https://www.rescue.org/article/behind-headlines-what-afghan-adjustment-act

August 9, 2022: Afghans Promised a Way Out Are Still Trapped by Red Tape

Afghans Promised a Way Out Are Still Trapped by Red Tape

An injured Marine gives searing testimony on the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan
https://www.npr.org/2023/03/08/1161890168/house-republicans-hearing-withdrawal-afghanistan-biden

November 20, 2022: GROUND ZERO The Evacuation of the CIA’s Afghan Proxies Has Opened One of the War’s Blackest Boxes

The Evacuation of the CIA’s Afghan Proxies Has Opened One of the War’s Blackest Boxes

September 7, 2021: Glenn Beck’s Rescue Mission For Americans In Afghanistan Is Grounded By Taliban.
https://www.insideradio.com/free/glenn-beck-s-rescue-mission-for-americans-in-afghanistan-is-grounded-by-taliban/article_05372ea0-0fac-11ec-9404-9710fef2400b.html

September 23, 2021: Glenn Beck Finally Able to Rescue 100 Afghan Refugees After Weeks of Obstacles
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2021/september/glenn-beck-partners-directly-with-mid-east-country-to-rescue-afghan-refugees

Afghanistan Project Podcast, Episode 5: Alexa with Uplift Afghanistan explains the blocks the experienced in evacuating their Afghan employees

On the unreleased documents

February 18, 2022: U.S. Embassy Staffers Were ‘Intoxicated and Cowering in Rooms’ Ahead of Kabul Pullout, Report Says
https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-embassy-staffers-were-intoxicated-and-cowering-in-rooms-ahead-of-kabul-pullout-report-says

37:41- U.S. Immigration Process and Backlog

After a Slump, Legal Immigration to the United States Is Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels
https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/legal-immigration-us-returns-prepandemic-levels

Biden administration falls 80% short of 2022 refugee admissions target
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/refugee-admissions-target-2022-biden-administration/

44:00- Immigration and the American dream

September 24, 2021: FBI agents question Afghan rescue groups
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/24/fbi-agents-question-afghan-rescue-groups-514151

Quality of Life by Country
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/rankings/quality-of-life

48:15- Helping Afghan Christians

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV


Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:19


“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:5


The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. Psalm 149:9 ESV


Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. Jeremiah 22:3 ESV


The Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 46 And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-46 NET

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