hot topic: Christians in Iraq

I’ve been reading recently about how many Christians have been under very severe persecution in Iraq from the ISIS (or IS) expansion & attacks.  According to the news, Christians in certain areas of Iraq are being given the choice to leave their homes, convert to Islam or die.  I find this to be very troubling for Iraq given it’s long & strong history of Christian & Jewish presence in this area.  From a broader perspective, Christianity has always faced varying degrees of persecution throughout the world at various times.  For example, currently North Korea, is a very dangerous place for a Christian to try & survive without denying their faith.  For that matter, it seems like sometimes Christians are the best at eating their own – being judgmental, exclusive, elitist and capricious, but that’s for a different blog ,)

Here are a few things to consider:

  • pray for our brothers and sisters – Paul talks about bearing each others burdens in Gal 6:2;  As the body of Christ, let’s be very prayerful for our fellow members who are in such difficult situations
  • persecution grows the church – hardship forces us to clarify our priorities & the right choices help our roots to go deep;  deep roots create great strength & healthy fruit
  • Gal 5:15 talks about being careful not to bite & devour each other – there’s enough external persecution that we don’t need to tear each other down;  let’s build up more than we cut down 🙂

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