Genocide of Christians Erupts in the Middle East
In Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, the extremest group ISIS infiltrated mosques all over the city and blared orders over loudspeakers to Christians everywhere: “You have until midday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax, or face death.”
These were the chilling words I received only hours ago from my dear friend Isam, our lead field strategist in the Middle East:
“Imagine being dragged out of your home with nothing but the clothes on your back. No money. No precious keepsakes. No food. No car. Just go! You have no rights. No recourse. You have only an identity: Christian. [You are] Hated. Scorned. Like Jesus. This is what is happening right now to our brothers and sisters in Iraq.”
Over the course of three years, since the crisis in Syria first began, I have watched a wave of pure evil churning, ready to consume the entire region in the blink of an eye . . . that wave has now broken.
What we are witnessing now is nothing less than a Christian Holocaust—the genocide of thousands of innocent men, women, and children, simply because they identify themselves as Christ followers.
The letter “N” for Nazarene was painted on the doors of believers to mark those whose property would be confiscated or destroyed after fleeing the city.
Those who are unable to vacate their homes—the sick, the elderly, the disabled—are being murdered in cold blood.
Entire families have been slaughtered. Children are reportedly being beheaded. Thousands have been stripped of all they have and forced to make the perilous journey across the desert to find refuge.
World Help has been responding with humanitarian relief for refugees in the region since the chaos erupted in Syria in 2011. As genocide sweeps through Iraq and persecution increases in Syria, the need for life-saving supplies is more dire than ever before.
Without an immediate outpouring of support from our donors, sustaining the lives of thousands of refugees in the Middle East will be virtually impossible.
The needs are desperately urgent. People are starving to death. The sick are without medicine. Disease is spreading from overcrowded conditions and a lack of proper hygiene resources.
Those who have escaped genocide will die of hunger, illness, and exposure if we do not act today.
I’m begging you, please give as generously as you possibly can. Thousands of lives are at stake!
What form of evil has to occur before we wake up to what is happening in the Middle East?
What will it take for our hearts to be broken?
What will it take for us to repsond compassionately?
What will it take for us to get on our knees for our brothers and sisters who are dying for Jesus?
Isam’s words challenged me to the core:
We are the family of Christ. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. Families help each other. ‘By this,’ Jesus said, ‘everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ As we help our persecuted brothers and sisters, they feel the love of Christ toward them, and their enemies see that there is a true God in the Middle East.
Evil must be overcome with good. Hate must be overcome with love. Scarcity must be overcome with generosity. Fear must be overcome by the unity of believers’ prayers.
Together, we each have a part to play in what is going on in the Middle East.
We can choose to just stand and watch. We can choose to let pity overwhelm us . . . to allow the magnitude of this crisis to numb us into paralysis.
Or . . . we can choose to act! The decision is yours.