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A Real Cause for Christian Outrage


Dec 27 2013
Believers around the world are dying for their faith. Where’s the evangelical groundswell for them?

We shouldn't just be talking about this more—we should have no other choice. It should be impossible to ignore. Christians who are persecuted for their faith should be a part of our daily prayers and national, ecclesial conversation. We ought to be flooding organizations like Open Doors USA and Voice of the Martyrs with requests on how we can get involved. We should expose the stories of the refugees and the martyrs, telling them over and over at church and to each other.

For goodness sake, we have British politicians talking about this, but we can't get American pastors or politicians to talk about it. Instead, Christians want to whine and moan about the culture wars and tear each other down, treating each other as the enemy rather than focusing on the real enemy. It's insidious. And morally reprehensible.

These martyrs were real, living, breathing human beings with hopes, dreams, and loved ones. Each and every one was, at one time, someone's baby. They could all be my babies. Or yours.

Whig politician and statesman Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Whatever the root cause of Western Christian silence on the matter of global Christian persecution—be it the silence of the media, the culture wars, economic concerns, busyness, lack of global awareness, a passive acceptance of persecution, or a diffusion of responsibility, as Christians we have an unavoidable obligation to defend the oppressed. We've shown ourselves to be proficient at rallying toward a cause; it's time to rally to this.

Be it 144,000 or 20, the apostle Matthew records that the grief over the massacre of the innocents was great: "A voice was heard in Ramah,
 weeping and loud lamentation,
 Rachel weeping for her children;
 she refused to be comforted, because they are no more." Rachels the world over are weeping for their children at this moment. What can we do to change it?

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