How is it Christians are brutally treated and so many of us ignore their plight and make little or no effort to support them? It’s almost like we pick and choose the Bible verses we want to observe. “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10) Our brothers and sisters deserve our love. The Lord demands it!
Asia News recently published a terrifying story. “Christian tombs were recently desecrated and a young Christian woman was gang-raped for an entire night. In both cases, police refused to file a First Information Report, allowing the culprits to escape justice,” the report said.
The Christian minority in Pakistan is persistently abused. “Whether it involves Christian-owned land and property or individuals who are targeted because they are defenceless, victims will not find justice with the country’s legal system,” according to the Asia News.
The Pakistan Christian Post reports: “Muslim landowners destroyed and desecrated a Christian graveyard, using a tractor to plough over a number of tombs. Buried coffins were broken and the bones of the dead were brought to the surface. The local police refused to open an inquiry, whilst the landowners utter threats against local Christians to get them to stop legal proceedings.”
Islamic Jihad circulated this frightening report from Pakistan: “A powerful Muslim businessman, with the help of a group of accomplices, kidnapped two Christian sisters, forced them to convert to Islam and marry him.
“The girl’s father reported the kidnapping to the police but the police blocked investigations by reversing the facts: the daughters fled because of their father’s violence.
“A priest from the diocese of Faisalabad points out that the kidnapping of young women has become “common practice”, because the authorities and police are “puppets in the hands of extremists.”
The father of two girls, Rehmat Masih is a Christian carpenter from Jhung District, in Faisalabad, Punjab province, an arena of repeated violence against the religious minority.”
In Egypt the anti-Christian attacks are on the rise.
Nazih Moussa Gerges is a Cairo lawyer. He was among the crowd that hit the streets calling for President Hosni Mubarak to go.
Now the 33 year old Christian is protesting again. He and his fellow Christians in Egypt fear their struggle has been hijacked by ultra-conservative Salafist Islamists who are passionately promoting Sharia law.
“We did not risk our lives to bring Mubarak down in order to have him replaced by Salafists,” Gerges said. “We want an Egypt that will be an example of democracy and freedom for the whole world.”
Christians in Egypt say no one has been tried for burning a church in Helwan, south of Cairo.
These events illustrate the accuracy of biblical truth. “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” (1 John 3: 1)
The persecution of our brothers and sisters takes place because the perpetrators do not know the God of love. He threatens them.
Nevertheless, we must pray for them both persecuted and perpetrators. We must not ignore the situation because our faith is active and inspired by the Lord.
Particularly where His children are involved we must respond.