In America, it’s very easy to get complacent about faith. While many are waking up to the fact that Christian values are under attack in the United States, it’s hard to feel bad about our rights when those in other countries risk true persecution in the form of death.
There are battles that must be fought for the faith in America and other western cultures, but it’s imperative that we never forget our brothers and sisters in the Middle East and other regions. The Islamic State, which we’ve covered in the past, is an existential threat to believers in Christ in the very place where early Christianity formed its roots. Assyrian and Coptic Christians are being forced from their lands, kidnapped, and martyred on a daily basis. A recent report from Christian Freedom International reveals that a Christian is martyred every five minutes, making them statistically the most persecuted religion in the world.
It isn’t just the fact that Christians are dying. The way they are being tortured before death is inhumane. Add to that the fact that women and children are kept as slaves following the murders of their husbands, sons, and fathers and it’s clear that the atrocities being committed against Christians can only be attributed to the influence of Satan himself. This is pure evil being perpetrated in the name of the false god Allah.
Americans are, for the most part, shielded from these truths. One might say that they get to see it on Fox News or online news publications, but the reality of the situation is so appalling that the American population doesn’t get an appropriate level of exposure:
- While Cecil the Lion’s death was tragic, it did not deserve to get exponentially more coverage than human being being tortured and beheaded in the same region.
- As the Republicans fight the Iran nuclear deal, making for multiple discussions during debates and in speeches, the future risk of a savage Iran shouldn’t be superseding the current crisis on the other side of the border.
- Donald Trump might have a hard time fielding questions about Muslims, but that news is minuscule compared to what actual Muslim extremists are currently doing to Christians around the world.
There are always going to be important issues to cover and we don’t want to downplay the importance of other events, but it seems as if American media feels we don’t have the stomach to hear about and address the catastrophic death and destruction being perpetrated every day against Christians around the world. The concept that Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis is being called a “martyr” by some is an insult to the faith she claims to follow. She’s not a martyr. She spent a few days in jail. She’s fighting for her right not to issue licenses with her name on them. Christians in Syria, China, and other countries are fighting for their right to live as Christians.
This isn’t just a problem with the media wanting to appease an audience that wants fresh stories. It’s about the people themselves not wanting to hear about it. True believers in Yeshua as our Lord and Savior should never shield our eyes or cover our ears when stories about Christian persecution hits our screens. We should be sharing the news with our circle of influence and doing everything we can to help. It goes beyond awareness. We must act.
In this political atmosphere with so many people running for office, it’s time to start asking what will be done. We need to vote from our Biblical perspective with the world in mind. The United States has relinquished its leadership role in many ways and for many people around the world. In the battle against the Islamic State and others who persecute Christians, we must use our resources and great might to lead the fight. Instead, we are sending in a few drone strikes, making diplomatic maneuvers, and calling it a day.
If the media and the government are unwilling to give us the facts, then we must seek them for ourselves. If the government is unwilling to act, then we must do what we can as individuals to help those in need.