We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.
With these words, Ayaan Hirsi Ali begins an article for Newsweek that should be read by all. Ali is originally from Somalia and now resides in the United States. She spent years in the Netherlands and served in parliament there during the past decade.
We often read about Islamaphobia, homophobia and a host of other religio-political phobias that are usually ascribed to Christians. Why have we not heard more about the Christophobia that Ali details in her article?
Christophobia is about more than words by the opponents of Christianity.
From blasphemy laws to brutal murders to bombings to mutilations and the burning of holy sites, Christians in so many nations live in fear.
Ali points out the global spots where Christians are suffering at the hands of earthly oppressors.
- Saudi Arabia
In her article, the author calls for taking a real stand against Christophobia. A key component of her proposed stand is to tie aid and trade dollars to this issue. I whole heartedly agree.
Yet as Christians we should understand that the gospel message about Jesus is offensive to those who do not know Christ. Christians will suffer.
For those who do suffer for the name of Jesus, our Lord ascribed blessing upon them. Many count it a privilege to be able to suffer for Jesus.
For those of us who do not suffer, we must stand with our brothers and sisters. We must pray for them – pray for their protection and pray that they glorify God when they do suffer.
Often those who suffer the most pity those of us who do not. They have been known to pray for us.
Pray that whether oppressed or free, we would magnify the name of Jesus. Remember the gospel message – Jesus suffered and died, but triumphed over death. He will reign in majesty for all of eternity.
Praise be the name of Jesus.