The Insanity of God is the title of a new book written
by Nik Ripken, which contends that persecution is good.
Ripken tells OneNewsNow he came up with the title
during a lengthy discussion about what to name the book.
"In our mind was this whole thing about a God who would send his
only beloved son to the world and what would the world say about us
going to Somalia and putting ourselves at risk," he explains.
"And so the whole 'insanity of God' thing grew out of God's love
and that God is so different that from the world's point of view
what we do and what he did is insane."
And for Muslims, Hindus and others who come to understand how
much God loves them, he says "it almost seems like insanity to
them." But for those of other faiths who do not understand that
important point, Christians are targeted for persecution.
"For instance, for years in Somalia before they killed off the
believers there, one believer took me to an insane asylum," Ripken
says. "You talk about horrible. He showed me the room that he was
locked in and the chains outside that he was chained to sit on the
porch of the insane asylum. The belief in his family and his clan
was that if you leave Islam and embrace the love of Jesus Christ,
you had to be crazy -- and so they'd lock you up in an insane
Ripkin says persecution is a byproduct of people coming to Jesus
"and, therefore, the more persecution we see generally, it's due to
more people coming to Christ." Ripken has worked in some of the
world's most dangerous places for Christians -- such as Somalia --
and interviewed more than 600 Christians who have faced
persecution. The end result is the book "The Insanity of God."
An American-Iranian pastor remains in jail in Iran on trumped up
charges. Though he faces an 8-year term in a violent prison, his
family members in Idaho are enduring the situation and remain
hopeful for positive news.