Russell and Duenes

Solidarity Against Persecuted Christians in the Muslim World

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A very convicting piece by Dennis Prager on the need for Christians to stand in solidarity against the persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Muslim world. He writes,

In the Muslim world, Christians are being murdered, churches are being torched, entire ancient Christian communities — the Iraqi and Palestinian, for example — are disappearing. And, again, 2 billion Christians react with silence. There are some Christian groups active on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world. They do important work, and are often the primary source of information on persecuted Christians. But they would be the first to acknowledge that the Christian world is overwhelmingly silent when it comes to the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world. This is true despite the fact that the most powerful Christian in the world, Pope Benedict XVI, has not been silent…It is time to change this pattern. Christians should organize an international day or week of solidarity for persecuted Christians in the Muslim world. And not only Christians should attend these hopefully large events. Jews and Muslims should also be in attendance, and their representatives should speak.

I know I’m guilty of forgetting my brothers and sisters; forgetting them in prayer, forgetting them in my words, forgetting them in what I advocate for. When I read about all the work that Prager did on behalf of Soviet Jews, something stirs within me. One of my first thoughts is, “How? How do we become more informed about what’s truly happening? And how do we put ourselves in a position to speak about such things?” Perhaps it is less complicated than I think. It probably is. Prager’s is a brief piece, but worth reading in its entirety.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

April 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

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  1. I think most people don’t really know about the sizeable Christian communities in Muslim nations.

    Samson

    April 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm

  2. Happened to catch this NPR piece last week,
    http://www.npr.org/2011/04/21/135581316/rising-religious-tension-sparks-fear-in-egyptian-city

    “He says his attackers told him they would let him go if he converted to Islam. When he refused, they held him down and cut off his right ear.

    “It’s unspeakable, this injustice,” he says. “It’s bearable only because I managed to defy them and stand up for Christ. But I’m deformed now, so I don’t go out.”

    Andy M

    April 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm


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