I love the fact that WORLD Magazine has countered Time Magazine’s Man of the Year, with Daniel of the Year. This year’s Man of the Year is the American People, or should I say, “You” which shows the farce that this award has become. As for being the Man of the Year, along with all of YOU, I would like to say in my acceptance speach to Time Magazine, “No thanks. You can keep your silly award.” (By the way, does this mean that we can now list the Man of the Year award on our resumes?)
The beauty of this is that WORLD Magazine has countered this silliness with a true award of significance, known as the Daniel of the Year. This award is given by WORLD to those who have stood for the truth and righteousness of God in the face of our pluralistic culture. They are not looking for those who are popular, but those who do not mind adversity for God’s truth. Previous winners of the award include Kenneth Starr, John Ashcroft and Franklin Graham just to name a few.
This year’s winners are Peter Jasper Akinola and Henry Luke Orombi, both of who are Anglican priests in Africa. The two are now serving as bishops to many of the churches that are pulling out of the The Episcopal Church here in the United States. (See earlier post here). The churches refuse to be led by those who are open to ordaining women and homosexuals, and blessing same-sex unions (they are never marriages). The two men have been standing in the face of adversity for years, whether it was living under the oppressive arm of dictators like Idi Amin, or whether they have been under the attack of Muslims. They definitely deserve the award and we can learn quite a bit from these men when it comes to standing for Christ. They are not backing down to the pressure of liberals in their denomination and continue to stand for the truth. Read the entire article here.
I think it is a wonderful that they are standing against the Episcopal Church here in the United States, especially given the fact that it has cost them financially to do so. TEC has supported them for years, but both men willingly turned down that money because they see TEC as corrupt for moving away from Biblical principles.
- Standing for biblical authority has not been without cost, including financial. Orombi told WORLD his province turned down $400,000 a year when it declared impaired communion with the Episcopal Church. Episcopal headquarters at that point offered to triple its giving but Orombi refused. “Do they think this church runs on money? And if it did run on money, would American money solve our poverty in this country?” Orombi says conservative churches in the United States have made up some of the difference.
- Asked how much it cost the Nigerian church, Akinola is quick to answer: “As far as I am concerned, nothing. The church that we inherited was a church that was vastly dependent on Western aid and what we now call handouts. As a result, the church was not able to determine what was available for local resources. No more.”
- Orombi says homosexuality is “nothing new” in Africa. The Ugandan church has a century of martyrdom behind it, and the first Anglican martyrs in 1886 were burned to death in large part because they refused the homosexual advances of the king. And “we don’t spare the polygamists,” Orombi said, noting that he himself is from a polygamist family. “I understand what it is to live within a polygamist marriage, and I’m not going to condone it because I know it is not within God’s will.”
- Sexual practices that depart from Scripture, Orombi said, “are not a boxed-up thing for the Western world. It’s a human failure to understand God’s primary design and His calling on us. . . . Do you think the prostitutes are so happy because they are there where they are? This is the injustice of humanity. We tell them it is sin. We don’t want to call it anything else. The problem in America and the Western world is they don’t want to call it sin. They want to give it another name. We don’t want this.”