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David Stafford

January 13, 2014  6:26pm

Ms. Kapp: Thank you for your comment. Also, not only that, when we suffer persecution even to having the ones who kill us thinking they are doing God a service, we are to rejoice that we are worthy to suffer for his names sake. Hallelujah! The persecutors are playing RIGHT INTO God's hand. And again I say: REJOICE!

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Kamilla Ludwig

January 09, 2014  3:01pm

Kristy, You might want to read Matthew 25:31-46

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Kristy Kapp

January 05, 2014  8:05am

I'm not saying we shouldn't get involved or bring out awareness or put some things in perspective, those all should be done. However, this is not something that will change, in fact, according to the Bible, things are only going to get a lot worse. Also, I don't remember Jesus or any of the Apostles calling to bring their persecution to an end. They & their friends were being tortured & killed & kings were ordering babies to be killed but I don't remember any of them ever saying "we need to do something about this treatment of us & our brothers." Most of them knew more than likely that their lives would end in martyrdom but they just kept on. They used their times in prison as an opportunity to share the Gospel with their persecutors. Again, if there is something you can do to help, by all means, do it but our call is to preach the Gospel, warn of false teachers, and admonish, rebuke, & encourage our brothers & sisters in Christ.

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robert puharic

January 04, 2014  2:42am

As an atheist, I have to say this persecution of Christians is despicable. Christians and atheists (those who are brave enough to admit to atheism is Islamic countries) are often the target of persecution. Islam is, I believe, generally incompatible with democracy when it achieves majority status. This is one area where Christians and atheists can work together to both pressure western governments, and to force Muslim government to understand penalties for persecuting minorities.

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Steve Weinstein

January 03, 2014  4:54am

But it's so much more fun to complain about a second-rate reality TV star being suspended from a third-rate reality TV show!

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Richard Magnus

January 02, 2014  12:46pm

We in the West "go about our merry business" because for most of us, business isn't very merry. Our government is hopelessly corrupt and our industries have been taken over by psychopaths who plan to steal everything - and are well on their way there. And the individual Christian is supposed to think that she can help Syrian villagers when she makes $25,000 per year working three part-time jobs? As if Janet Yellen, Abby Johnson (Fidelity) or the Walton clan (Wal-Mart) are going to listen, or spare some of their government puppets' time to address the issue? Get real. You live in a Mafia state. The best way to help Christians overseas is to fix what's wrong here at home, so we can regain the influence we need to help them. Unfortunately, there seems to be no one up to the task. Certainly not our "leaders."

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Rebecca Wyatt

January 02, 2014  9:32am

Please, if you can, this family needs help. Go to www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/blm3/help-someone-that-has-helped-so-many-ot hers any donation is welcome including a hug. Also, please share with everyone. Thank you.

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David Stafford

December 31, 2013  8:25pm

These are they who are being baptised with the baptism that Jesus was baptized with. Jesus said it is a time to rejoice because their reward is great in heaven. For... He who believes and is baptised (with the baptism that Jesus was baptized with) shall be saved. Jesus said, "how I am straitened till it be accomplished." Simply put... The events described in the article are a cause for, HALLELUJAH!

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Ted Hewlett

December 31, 2013  2:41pm

It is timely to call our attention to the persecution of Christians around the world. We need to be alert to what is happening and ask ourselves if we can help in any way (besides prayer, of course). At the same time we should not shut our eyes to the lesser persecution of Christians in the West. If we do, and it goes unprotested, the persecution may grow till it resembles that in other parts of the world.

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Kamilla Ludwig

December 30, 2013  7:44pm

GU's Berkley Center recently held a Conference in Rome (highly recommended!)on related matters. Video of each session is available on You Tube. This is a good one to start with: http://youtu.be/THSQr0XPSuM There are several books out as well including the recent one by John Allen, "the Global War on Christians" and "Silenced" fom Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. FYI, Kamilla

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Megan Hill

December 30, 2013  6:52pm

Thank you for this. I often must confess and lament my failure to "remember those who are in prison as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3) Let us not forget those whom God commands us to remember.

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Stephen Swihart

December 30, 2013  2:30pm

Good article, Halee. I'm challenged personally to invest more of my time and resources in assisting suffering Christians. My confidence in the power of changing injustices by using my voice has been bolstered by events of the past week. It is obvious that when concerned Christians speak-up collectively - even in the case of a reality show - the world with its anti-Christian bias must listen.

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Wayne German

December 30, 2013  4:23am

My wife and I had a home for unwed mothers in Newberg Oregon where there are more churches and more Christians than any other city at least in the United States. 42 came to stay with us over a year and a half -- brought by people all over our area. They all knew where to bring the girls but none gave any money and even people in the main Friend's church walked by right outside and never stopped to be caring or supporting. One little church gave a very little but that was all despite the fact their were efforts to make it known this was a service between the churches and for the churches and the surrounding area. One company out of town gratefully donated freeze dried strawberries, and another pickles, but all that was donated in Newberg besides that one churches small donations was a truck load of liver. Can you imagine what it was like to feed girls liver and onions for weeks? Can you imagine how loved and cared they must have felt? And no one from George Fox College ever came

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Rick Griffin

December 29, 2013  9:21pm

I don't recall where Christ said we should ignore SOME people being punished for being Christian whenever there is another Christian being more severely persecuted elsewhere in the world. Perhaps the author of this article can point that out. Per my reading of the Bible, we should protect ALL Christians being punished for their beliefs.... not cherry pick them as Christianity Today is advocating. Time to ignore CT and go back to the TRUTH... the Bible.

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Daniel Klaehn

December 29, 2013  1:27pm

I haven't read or followed Christianity Today for quite a long time now; I've been serving overseas in Christian ministry and have been occupied with other things. But I've grown hungry with Christian interests lately and, because of our near furlough back to the U.S., I've wanted to catch-up a bit on the state of Evangelical Christianity there. What I've noticed, though, with this new so-called CT, is a strong criticism of and continual bashing of Evangelical interests in the culture that go beyond what I feel is the need. My take on the state of Evangelicalism is the U.S. is that it's in the middle of a culture war; it is taking a beating in the culture and in the press. So the church, naturally, tries to defend itself and the gospel by promoting Christ and godliness. So, this being my take, my question to CT is: why the continual criticism and bashing of Evangelical stances instead of encouraging the church for what it does right and not what it does, in CT's opinion, wrong??

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Carlos Ramirez Trevino

December 29, 2013  6:35am

Suggestions: We need to start by thinking about the persecuted and praying for their strength, sustenance and deliverance more. Then we need to make this reality a part of our "religious" conversation. Ask or write your pastors to talk about the persecution we face in the world. Then we must Support organizations, such as those mentioned in comments and reach out to christian families in those areas. I have asked friends and many christians will visit countries as tourists without ever setting foot in a local church. If a christian goes to another country, s/he must visit the local congregation. That simple act is a great boost to their trust in Jesus and strength to hold up under persecution. We also need to be aware that persecution is coming to America. The Virgins of Matt 25 were not ready for Matt 24:29. Are we? We need to learn to share their suffering and their pain. If we can mobilize for other causes and have political influence, we can certainly help shine a light on persecution of Christians worldwide. Some churches are already involved, but more need to be. They need a voice and we need to be that voice for them. We also need to pressure these governments to secure their safety, though often they are the problem. And most of all, we can’t be silent believers in the workplace, with friends, and at social gatherings, although that is why persecution comes. Good sensitizing article.

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Christopher Cameron

December 28, 2013  9:28pm

Howard Pepper, I completely agree with you. While I very much agree with the sentiments of the author of this article and similar articles that we need to be more aware, concerned, and actively engaged on behalf of those who are truly persecuted around the world and at home, I do wish that we would realize that global persecution has not and is not just directed at Christians. It's just as evil when a Muslim persecutes a Hindu or vice versa, and we need to be sensitive to the ways in which we as Christians have persecuted other people, and may continue to oppress in numerous ways. If Christians would unite not just for our brothers and sisters in the faith but our larger human family, what a testimony of God's love that would be!!

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Edith Humphrey

December 28, 2013  8:41am

Though I am Orthodox, I will defend my evangelical friends. Many deplored A&E's intimidation of Phil Robertson and ate a supportive lunch at Chick-fil-A. But it's not an either-or concern for home or abroad problems. Moreover, while persecution abroad should be responded to by Christians here, as we pray and encourage officials to bring pressure upon the administrators of other countries, it is HERE in America that we have the real social power to stop incipient persecution, and the official endorsement of it. The slant of this article reminds me of the nasty criticism of pro-lifers: “why don't you adopt unwanted children instead of speaking out against abortion?” What do such pro-choice detractors want adoptive pro-lifers to do, toot their own horns? What does Ms. Scott want those who care about persecution worldwide to do? Tell everybody that they pray and write their MPs? And we have witnessed a groundswell on FB of articles deploring abduction, killings and other atrocities!

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Edson Siwella

December 28, 2013  4:50am

Cabb Crass. . . I hear you. (I am in Africa; and African. I hear you.) Yes. . . . but don't you think this (US inclination) all goes to proove proove that the Satanic persecution of the Church occurs all over and not in Africa alone. Pesrcution in America : yes. . . quite likely in a diffrenet form. Also please consider the way the Lord has raised so many orphan homes, old age homes, street people ministries (e.g. David Wikerson etc) in America . . . .surely the Lord is working there. Wonderful. Yes you sure will see see perserction even where you are. . . take courage (Josh 1:6) just be careful that it drives you to your knees and not away away from the Lord who bore the full blast of persecution. . . . for you and me. So : Onward Christain soldier. . marching as to war. with the Cross of JESUS going on before."

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Jonathan B

December 27, 2013  4:35pm

Vic, in all honesty, the only thing we can do is lean on Jesus, on our Heavenly Father, on His Holy Spirit for guidance. I think this is why our faith needs to be that much stronger in God.. not in our government or other organizations. If He wishes to use the government, then He'll use them, but we should depend on Him. Not saying none of us should sit back and not act. I think as servants we should be seeking His guidance on how He wants us to help. I know it seems impossible, but Christ did say, .."with man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible." We have to continue to believe in that.

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Ann Jennerjahn

December 27, 2013  3:49pm

Vic, in terms of what we can do, both the organizations listed (voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors) offer things we can do. We can sign petitions that they organize that will be presented to appropriate government officials. We can donate money that will be used directly to help persecuted believers. We can write letters to encourage imprisoned believers. We can pray. And we can spread the word to our friends to do the same.

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Vic Christian

December 27, 2013  12:43pm

Two things: 1. The murder of anyone is bad, and should be both grieved and prosecuted. That being said - many, if not most, of these victims are not Christ followers as the many headlines seem to indicate. However, that is not ours to judge. Second - what would you have us do other than to pray. Our current government seems to not care if Christians are being killed or persecuted - our raising our voices or writing letters does not help. The UN does not care either. Please - what realistic actions do you suggest? Most of the comments here would have little or no impact on this problem.

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Howard Pepper

December 27, 2013  12:20pm

There certainly is a major problem of persecution based on religious differences in many parts of the world. But I don't believe it is sufficient to focus on any one target of it, including Christians. If the article's claim is correct that more Christians are persecuted than any (or all) other groups, then proportionally more attention may need to go there. But Christians have proven capable of violence against those of other religions as well. There needs to be intervention, education, support, etc. wherever we can gain access or influence local or other leaders, often religious ones... Train them in non-violent communication or non-violent resistance (as in India and the US South decades ago), provide mediators if suitable, etc. The author is quite right in saying "... we have an unavoidable obligation to defend the oppressed." How better to represent Christ than to extend ourselves for the "Samaritan" as much as for a fellow believer?... BOTH need our support in equal measure.

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Jim Cunningham

December 27, 2013  12:18pm

"Christians are becoming extinct in the birthplace of the Christian religion." One major reason for this is the turmoil caused by the immoral US attack on Iraq, which might not have happened if more American Christians had opposed it instead of being, as so many were, cheerleaders for it. Apologies and repentance for this mistake in judgement are long overdue, in my opinion.

Bronwyn Lea

December 27, 2013  10:38am

Yes, exactly. Thank you, Halee, for a call to refocus and re-prioritize. I should be weeping more, praying more, invested more.

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Crab Grass

December 27, 2013  10:32am

I have noticed that American Christians show concern for, and help, only a very narrow set of pre-approved suffering groups, which usually consist of: homeless, inner city crack addicts; women in sex industry (strippers, dirty movie actors, or prostitutes); and orphans over seas. If you are an Average Joe, middle class American Christian (or even Non Christian) going through a tough time, Christians don't care, they will tell you to pick yourself up by the bootstraps, or will hand you judgment and platitudes, such as, "you have life so much easier than orphans." If you are a never married, childless adult over your 30s, American christians don't care. They are too fixated on either helping strippers, African orphans, or helping married people who have kids. So no, it comes as no surprise that the American church shows little to no interest in persecuted Christians in other nations.

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