Christians have rallied around the stories of our sisters across the globe who’ve faced horrific punishments for their faith, from Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan to Asia Bibi in Pakistan. While the church is rightly concerned with the persecution and eradication of Christians in many parts of the world, including in the regions currently under ISIL’s control, there is reason for us also to be alarmed by the global attack on women of all faiths.
In his recent CTarticle, “Why ISIS Must Be Stopped,” Matt Reynolds makes the following statement:
As Christians, the suffering of fellow believers tends to pierce our hearts more profoundly. We sympathize, often achingly, with the plight of non-Christians under persecution. But it’s savagery against Christians that really gets our blood boiling.
In an increasingly globalized and connected world, we have the chance to embrace the model of Christ fully and completely. As Reynolds alludes to, it is easy to show compassion for the other when she is also Christian. It is a greater challenge, and a more powerful Christ-like witness, when we care for those with whom we share no racial, cultural, geographical, or religious connection.
This means that not only do we stand up for the Meriam Ibrahims and Asia Bibis of the world—individuals persecuted solely for their Christian beliefs by non-Christian governments and groups—but also for the 23-year old woman gang-raped in India; the young Muslim woman stoned to death in an “honor” killing in Lahore, Pakistan; and the many women and girls systematically marginalized and raped in Burma. In fact, a recent report by the World Health Organization estimates that one-third of all women globally ...1
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