Christians are being slaughtered for their faith in the Middle East. They have not been silent about their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The questions have been raised, "Why is the world silent?" and "What can be done?" This article was scheduled to be posted on Friday, but this message can't wait. Last week I received an email from a friend with a message being broadcast on the internet. Some of you may have already seen this message that was texted from Sam Malone, Director of Crisis Relief International:
"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"
This information was widely circulated on the Internet. Posted a few days later on CRI's website was an update telling that their teams are safe and there has been an outpouring of interest and support. I ask, why does it take an alarming Internet message to create in us an interest in what’s happening to our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world?
Why Are We Silent?
While much is written on this, I don't find many good answers. Most articles talk about the silence and the problems it creates, but not the "why" of the silence. Is it apathy? Or is it just not as troubling if the persecution isn't personal? Do the images and reports on TV and the internet no longer shock us as they once did? Are Americans just so far removed from the persecution of Christian brothers and sisters around the world that we don't feel their pain? Are we just too busy living our own lives? Probably all of these questions hold some truth. And I don't suggest that I have an answer, but I would like to propose another possible reason for the "silence of the lambs in America."
[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]