As the turmoil in Syria continues there are sickening details emerging of targeted massacres of Christian communities. As we covered here with Egypt, it’s very rare that this context in provided by the media – Christian communities are literally being exterminated for no other reason than that they are Christian – Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria Ignored – Voice of the persecuted website.
One of the more disturbing angles of this is the largely apathetic reaction by Western Christian’s to this reality. Christians in many of these persecuted areas of the world are enduring an all-out assault, and Western Christianity is largely unaware. This is obviously partly due to creative reporting by the mainstream media, but it is surely the responsibility of Western Christians to search between the lines of reports to find the true picture. At the very least, we should earnestly pray to God for their perseverance and divine protection where the Lord wills in order that God’s purposes are fulfilled. As our brothers and sisters in Christ face unimaginable hardship, lets earnestly commit them to God in prayer and also pray that their non-Christian aggressors are drawn to salvation in Christ through the witness of these dear believers.
This thoughtful article by Johnnie Moore details why it is our duty to pray for persecuted Christians – We must stand up for the Middle Easts persecuted Christians.