Yesterday, 21 Egyptian Christians, our brothers in Christ, were beheaded by ISIS and video taped for the world to see. How will we respond?
Gary Bauer reports that The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, has just issued a disturbing report entitled “Edge of Extinction,” which tells us that Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities are being exterminated and face genocide at the hands of ISIS. Among their findings is that Iraq’s Christian population, once 1.5 million, has been reduced to a remnant of just 300,000 without homes, jobs or churches.
The full report can be accessed at 21wilberforce.org. We need to share this information with pastors and Christian leaders for prayer and Spirit-led action. The challenge to American Christians is clear: How will we respond to the plight of our Christian family in peril overseas? In fact, will we take action or simply look the other way, because, after all, it’s not our fight?
It’s time for us to be reminded once again of the lesson taught to us by Rev. Martin Niemöller concerning persecution by godless, demonic Nazism,
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
It’s been said that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. How much more foolish is it to know history and repeat it anyway. God forbid it!
Our Christian brothers and sisters are praying and waiting for our action to rescue them from the hands of the enemy. A verse of Scripture that we often refer to in the cause of saving the unborn is just as applicable concerning the genocide of our Christian family,
“Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” –Proverbs 24:11,12
We must pray like it all depends on God to see our Christian brothers and sisters delivered from the hands of ISIS and Radical Islamists, and we must act to do all we can to help in their rescue. Contact your representatives in Washington and demand that they move to defend those who cannot defend themselves, or as Niemöller reminds us, when they come for us there will be no one left to defend us.