Blast from the Past VOM Mexico: Los LLanos Group Living in Exile Still

SEEN HERE ARE THE MAJORITY OF INDIGENA EVANGELICAL BELIEVERS WHO WERE EXPELLED FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES OF LOS LLANOS AND SAN GREGORIO IN CHIAPAS, MEXICO AFTER THEY WERE ATTACKED BY NEIGHBORS , THEIR HOUSES DESTROYED, WATER AND LIGHTS CUT, AND DISPOSSESSED OF ALL THEIR BELONGINGS, LAND, ANIMALS, AND CROPS.

AUTHORITIES IN LOS LLANOS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SAN CRISTOBAL, AND SAN GREGORIO IN HUIXTAN WHO OPENLY ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR AFILIATION WITH THE ZAPATISTA MOVEMENT AND THEIR POLITICAL WING, LA OTRA CAMPAÑA, BELIEVE THAT THEIR INDIGENOUS CUSTOMS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THE MEXICAN CONSTITUTION, AND THAT ALL THEIR INHABITANTS MUST NOT ONLY SUPPORT THE MORE THAN A DOZEN TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS BUT ALSO PARTICIPATE IN THE PAGAN RITUALS COMBINED WITH CATHOLIC RITES, THE ALCOHOLIC DRINKING AND IN GIVING OFFERINGS TO THEIR GODS AND SAINTS, AND IN PAYING A CUOTA FOR EACH MALE 14 YEARS OLD AND UP.

THIS IS A HARDSHIP FOR EVANGELICALS WHO ARE NO LONGER PRACTICERS OF THE MAJORITY FAITH, AND WANT TO EXERCISE AND LIVE THEIR OWN.

THE GOVERNMENT ON ALL LEVELS HAS FAILED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE EXISTS, MUCH LESS RESPOND TO THE LEGITIMATE COMPLAINTS OF BELIEVERS THREATENED, DENIED LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL BENEFITS, WHO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN DENIED A PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION, LOSE THE TENANCY OF THEIR LANDS , THE BENEFIT OF THE CROPS THEY SOWED, THEIR CATTLE OR SHEEP, HOUSES, HAVE THEIR CHURCHES TORN DOWN OR BURNED,  OR ARE FACING EXPULSION… AND EVEN DEATH, AS HAD 4 CHRISTIANS  WHO WERE  EXECUTED IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS.

EVEN AFTER FORMAL COMPLAINTS ARE MADE TO THE NATIONAL COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT RESPONDED, AND DOES ALL POSSIBLE TO AVOID HAVING TO COMPLY WITH THE NCHR RECOMMEDATIONS… TAKING AS LONG AS MINIMALLY 18 MONTHS AND MORE, IF EVER TO RESPOND. THE SITUATION HAS NOT CHANGED…

THE ROOTS OF INTOLERANCE AND HATRED ARE THE SAME, WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND MAJORITY CHURCH IGNORING, FACILITATING OR EVEN PROMOTING THE SITUATION.

REGRETTABLY THE VOICE OF THE EVANGELICALS IS DROWNED OUT BY RADICAL SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, AND THOSE WHO MATTER MORE AS BLOCKS OF VOTES TO THE POLITICIANS.

SOME EVANGELICAL ALLIANCES AND LEADERSHIP HAVE TRIED TO GAIN THE GOVERNMENT’S FAVOR, INFLUENCE OR RESOURCES , BY KEEPING A LOW PROFILE, OR EVEN BY DENYING THAT INTOLERANCE EXISTS… SEVERAL GROUPS HAVE ACTUALLY PUBLISHED OR STATED FORMALLY THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS RESOLVED ALL CASES, IN A TIMELY FASHION, AND THAT RELIGIOUS PERSECUCTION NO LONGER EXISTS… JUST FAMILY DISAGREEMENTS.

THIS IS BOTH A DISSERVICE TO THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST WHO SUFFER IN THE NAME OF CHRIST, AND MUST BE AN OFFENSE IN THE SIGHT OF OUR LORD HIMSELF…

PLEASE KEEP MEXICO AND HER PERSECUTED BROTHERS IN YOUR PRAYERS AS THE COMING ELECTIONS AND JOCKEYING BETWEEN POLITICAL PARTIES, EVANGELICAL MINISTRIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS PROMOTE THEIR PROPAGANDA AT COST TO THE EVANGELICALS STUCK IN THE MIDDLE.

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