by Rob Morse
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
This is a wake-up call. Christians are being killed around the world. That is important whatever your faith, and even if you have no religious faith. You’ve already heard about Christian persecution, or you should unless you’ve been hiding. Real life places uncomfortable demands on us. It demands we get involved, that we get committed. Online life is easier, but that isn’t what life is for. Yes, there is more to life than reruns on Hulu. Ask yourself why your church pastor isn’t shouting about Christian persecution for all to hear every day of the week. It is up to us to wake up our church. You don’t believe me?
Christians are persecuted, purged, or murdered in Egypt. This is no surprise. The Muslim Brotherhood was elected to dominate religious minorities and consolidate political power. They have done so. Coptic Christians in Egypt have their churches burned and family members kidnapped. Egyptian Christians are murdered for not paying the jizya tax to Muslims.
Do not use a broad brush of condemnation. Not all Egyptian Muslims persecute Christians. Some Muslims have bravely defended Christians, but all the Christian persecutors in Egypt are Muslims. Use a narrow brush.
Persecution is not confined to Egypt. Nigerian terrorists killed disarmed Christians in roadside checkpoints. Those who did not declare their faith in Allah were shot. 50 Christians were murdered in one attack, 39 murdered in another. A similar story of persecution is repeated in Sudan.
In the south pacific, the media is silent as Islamic extremists deliberately terrorize Christians in the Philippines. They ignore the Muslim attacks designed to purge the majority Christians from the city of Zambonga.
You can find examples all over the world, from China and India to Syria. Too often the Christians are disarmed and helpless. Sometimes they are armed in their homes, but seldom are they able to protect their children on the way to school or the market. Size does not provide protection from persecution. Neither a home church nor a chapel nor a Christian village is safe.
The world is not like our sweet Sunday school classes. It is hostile to anyone with religious convictions. Unfortunately, we have adopted the attitude that religious persecution doesn’t matter if it is not in our neighborhood and on our news videos. I’m sorry, but religious persecution is real. Too bad if it cuts into your video game time. The hatred directed at Jews was a warning we ignored. Now we must recognize the hate and violence directed at Christians. Christians need our help, and don’t waste a minute expecting help from the United Nations.
Too many pastors are afraid to speak out about the sins of the world. That is a willful blindness. Too many preachers are afraid to speak anything but good news for fear their flock will flee and they won’t be able to pay the rent. That is why pastors fear to bring up bad news on Sunday or during the weekly prayer groups. Salvation was supposed to make us bold and virtuous. Pastors were supposed to lead the spiritual growth of the flock. Maybe the church has to change so it can again be bold. Maybe only a poor church has noting to loose and dares speak the truth, from social problems to politics to Christian persecution. Our churches have been asleep and silent too long. We may have to drag our timid pastors and priests into the cares of this world.
At least arm yourself with knowledge and talk to your friends. This is a good start for information, but any search engine will fill your page if you search on “Christian persecution”. Christ died for our sins. We should not leave Christians to die for the sins of others.
Image: Louis Tytgadt (1841–1918); Title: Martyr’s_Death_of_St_Sebastian; Current location: Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent; Source/Photographer: Szilas in the Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Gent; public domain
Rob Morse is slightly intelligent with a serious sense of humor. He has been driven crazy as a design engineer is several bleeding-edge high-tech companies. He remains faithful and committed to marriage with his wife of 29 years. His two children have successfully escaped into the wild. He writes about technology and society from his home in southern California.
Topics: Persecuted Christians, Persecuted Church, Islam, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria, Phillipines