Neglecting our Brothers and Sisters

Blue CrossIn his most recent column*, Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for the New York Times makes the following statement about Christianity in the Middle East:

“If 2,000 years of Christian history in the Middle East ends in blood and ash and exile, the American right no less than the left and center will deserve a share of responsibility for that fate.”

I’ve been drawing the same conclusion. Christians in the United States who are quick to cry persecution in response to even the mildest slight have been silent on the actual persecution of their brothers and sisters taking place in the Middle East. Others are quick to rush to the defense of persons of minority faiths and those of no faith at all when Christians in the United States overstep proper bounds in the exercise of their political clout. I don’t criticize them for that (I think in the long run it’s probably good for us), but I have noticed that these same people seem far more reticent about defending a persecuted Christian minority oversees.

I would like to suggest a course of action, but I don’t know an organization that has taken up this cause. Instead I would encourage you to join me in prayer.

*This column is behind the New York Times’ paywall. If you’re like me and you don’t have a subscription, it will cost you one of the articles of your monthly allotment. Link: http://goo.gl/21jw64