CHRISTIANS Are Being Persecuted And The Church Remains Silent

Pick up a newspaper or view the Internet and it is clear Christians  are being persecuted worldwide.  In one example a Christian pastor is being imprisoned in Iran for almost three years because he refused to deny Christ and faces a death sentence.  But there are possibly 100 million more facing similar conditions.  Christians are being imprisoned in Egypt for building churches.  Christian churches are being bombed in Nigeria.  Somalia has beheaded some.  The situation is very bad in most every Islamic nation as well as in China and North Korea.

Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out about the persecution but little emphasis has been put on options to correct the condition.  One option could be to demand western governments to become involved.  Clergy from all denominations should take action.  Why is there not a concerted and collective effort by millions of American Christians to become supporters even if it means protest marches in love?  We have rallies in Washington, D. C. for every other cause. Isn’t it about time 200 million Christian Americans bring attention to these worldwide persecutions?

Christian leaders in Muslim nations live day to day not knowing when their time is up.  When will it be time to demand that they have a right to worship just as other religions do?  Are we to turn our heads each time a church is bombed in Africa or Asia?

Revelation 13:7 – “It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” NIT

Revelation 13:9 – 10 – “Whoever has ears, let them hear. ‘If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go.  If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.’  This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.”

Are we not aware that the goal of the Antichrist is to eliminate every Christian from the face of the earth?  Shouldn’t something be done to slow the process? Or do we assume it is God’s plan for ending the world as prophesized?  Should we do nothing by ignoring the persecutions and assume the Antichrist is about to take over.  I think not!

The world is filled with rulers and people who are fierce, wicked, and cruel.  They delight in persecuting and killing Christians.  It will take those with courage and boldness to take action. Isn’t this what the United Nation is supposed to do, stop countries from violating one’s civil rights? The UN wants to prosecute President Bush for water boarding, a supposed civil rights violation. But what do they do for persecuted Christians—nothing.  Are we willing to wait until they come after every Christian or is now the time to stop these atrocities?  It takes those with courage and boldness to take action. Churches should inform and make members aware of what is happening.  There should be prayer groups crying out for these persecuted souls who need  God’s protection.  Would it be wrong to pray for those who are doing the persecuting so that their hearts might  be softened so that they will heed God speaking to them?

We are told thousands of Christians are leaving Egypt.  The next thing we may hear is that Christians are being fed to the lions.  It has happened before when crowds in the Roman arenas  cheered as Christians died terrible deaths.  Thousands of Christians were executed often in cruel and unusual ways, with animals regularly playing a role,  all for the entertainment of a depraved populace.

What about church leaders.  Do they have any responsibility to take action in protecting our own?    What would Jesus do during these serious times?  Would He play a passive role?

“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.  Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”  By Pastor Niemoller

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