First the Saturday People, Now It’s Christians!

Mar 18, 2011 1 Comment by

Nearly one million Jews were driven out of Muslim lands in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Their property and valuables were confiscated. Now the same thing is happening to Christians in the Middle East and it’s all happening without much attention or awareness shown by churches or the media.

It reminds me of a famous slogan in the Arab world: “First the Saturday people, now the Sunday people.”

Way back last January Pope Benedict XVI started the New Year by saying, the Islamic tidal wave sweeping the world would see Christians replace Jews as the most persecuted minority. The Apostle James referred to persecuted Christians. “

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)

The ‘orphans and widows’ were distressed because the man in their lives had been murdered.

Does this verse apply to us? It seems like persecuted Christians are a growing terrorist’ target and should be a keen focus for the church worldwide.

Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern (ICC) was asked to comment on the Pope’s remarks. “Anti-Christian hatred arising from Islam has flowed into 2011, as seen in the horrific attacks in Egypt, Pakistan and Iraq already this year,” he said.

In November, 2010 Foreign Policy.com published this headline: “The End of Christianity in the Middle East?”

They described suicide bombers from the Islamic State of Iraq, a militant organization connected to al Qaeda, screaming “kill, kill, kill” as they stormed a Chaldean church in Baghdad.

120 churchgoers were held hostage by the terrorists. Some of them died when Iraqi government forces tried to set the captives free. The attackers simply detonated their suicide vests and grenades, slaughtering at least half of the hostages.

Last week in America, a conference called “The Chicago Initiative” focused on raising awareness of the growing problem of Christian abuse. After all James described our attention to this tragedy as pure and undefiled religion.

The keynote speaker Walid Phares is the author of ‘The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East.” He described the hostility toward Christians as ‘an undeniable fact of life in Muslim countries.’

He warned that governments in the region fail to protect the lives of indigenous Christians and the problem is ignored in the West by the media and unfortunately by most Christians, he said.

“I would like to see two hours on C-Span dedicated to the plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt,” he suggested.

In a report by Arutz Sheva (Israel) I learned ‘other speakers described how Christians in Iraq, Iran and Egypt have been attacked by their neighbors and their governments.”

Speakers at ‘The Chicago Initiative’ said the most effective way of discouraging the abuse was by getting details of attacks out to the media.

The Foreign Policy report wondered, why Christians?

“Of the many justifications offered by al Qaeda and other fanatical groups in Iraq, and by hard-line mullahs in Iran, one is repeated most often: These indigenous Christians are surrogates for Western ‘crusaders.’ As early as 1970, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa accusing Christians in Iran of ‘working with American imperialists and oppressive rulers to distort the truths of Islam, lead Muslims astray, and convert our children’ their report observed.

Will the eradication of Christians in the Middle East take place during our watch?

How pure and undefiled is the Christianity we display?

Time will tell?

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.

One Response to “First the Saturday People, Now It’s Christians!”

  1. Herb says:

    Franklin Graham’s Warning !

    Franklin Graham’s warning of coming persecution of Christians echoes what his mother Ruth and father Billy have clearly stated. Re Ruth, see search engines including Google for “Letter from Mrs. Billy Graham.” To see Billy’s words about the worldwide increase in house churches, Google “Famous Rapture Watchers – Addendum.”
    Since Franklin blamed the Obama administration for his own National Day of Prayer snub and persecution, and since he accused “Christian” Barack Hussein Obama of “giving Islam a pass,” readers can get some rare insights into Obama and his fellow travelers by Googling and Yahooing “Obama Fulfilling the Bible,” “Michelle Obama’s Allah-day,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “Prof. F. N. Lee’s ISLAM IN THE BIBLE (PDF),” “Mikey Weinstein, Jesus-Basher,” and “Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman.”
    For a rare look at the 181-year-old endtime belief which has long neutralized millions of American patriots by promising them an “imminent rapture” off earth – which has diverted them away from being prepared to stand against all enemies, domestic as well as foreign – Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” and “Pretrib Rapture – Hidden Facts” – all by the author of the bestselling nonfiction book “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate documentation on the pretrib rapture’s long hidden but recently uncovered birth in Britain in 1830 – see Armageddon Books). Also Google “Stamping Out Harold Camping.”

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