Christianity Gravely Threatened in the Middle East

Anti-Christian Violence in NigeriaChristianity is in serious danger of being wiped out in its biblical heartlands because of Islamic oppression, according to a new report from a leading independent think-tank.

But Western politicians and media largely ignore the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the wider world because they are afraid they will be accused of racism.

They fail to appreciate that in the defence of the wider concept of human rights, religious freedom is the “canary in the mine”, according to the report.

The refusal of young Christians in the West to become “radicalised” and mount violent protests against the attacks on their faith also helps to explain the “blind spot” about “Christianophobia” in influential liberal Western circles. Read more»

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5 comments

  1. “The author concludes that it took Christian societies many centuries to evolve a tradition of tolerance towards other faiths. He expresses the hope that Islam might eventually reach the same destination.”

    Good luck.

  2. If the welfare of the church (as opposed, say, to geopolitical Israel, or the comforts and privileges of US hegemony) should be the most important concern of Christians, after their allegiance to their Head,

    then I say it’s high-time Christians living in this land reevaluated how closely they like being identified with a Beast of unprecedented power and belligerence, not to mention raw hubris.

    “Behold, I am against you, says the Lord of hosts, I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.”

    One nation or all of them are but a drop in the bucket, and the small dust of the balance; but Jesus loves and will protect his church. The beleaguered Christians of Syria know who their enemy is (and who is funding them). The question is: does the average American Christian self-consciously stand on the side of Christ, and in steadfast opposition to ALL who are (at best) indifferent to the poor, persecuted church?

    Now might be a good time to repudiate the Beast and his mark, to pray that God would make a difference between the sons of Promise and them of Pharaoh. “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. Choose life. All those who hate me love death.”

    “He swore an oath to our father Abraham: to grant that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.”

  3. “Islam is a religion of honor. That is why there are often public expressions of rage, protests in the streets, and even violent acts committed whenever the Muslim world feels that Muhammed or his religion of Islam have been “insulted.” That is why Muslim-majority countries place such stringent restrictions upon genuine, unfettered religious liberty, and apply a double standard (allowing Muslims to treat non-Muslims as second class citizens and to insult their non-Muslim beliefs, while not permitting open and public dissent from the teachings and beliefs of Islam). Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, is not a religion of honor, but a religion of grace. God in Christ willingly endured the insults and hostility of sinners, and He did so in order to redeem and forgive such sinners. Through Christ’s humiliation on the cross God’s honor was ultimately vindicated, as Jesus paid the penalty for sin as our Substitute, and the resurrection of Christ was ultimate proof of that vindication. Indeed, it is through Christ’s humiliation on the cross that God’s honor is most powerfully magnified. Jesus’ followers are often maligned, insulted and dishonored, but, ironically, it is through such faithful sufferings that God’s holy and gracious Name is most highly honored.”

    Source: http://lakeopc.net/2012/religious-liberty-islam-and-spiritual-warfare/

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