Just a short 10 days ago, a coalition of speakers lobbied the United Nations to honor its Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the World Summit Outcome Document of September 2005, paragraph 139. In that document, the United Nations declared that the international community has the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.
Indeed! Where are the voices of all the Christian leaders throughout the world, and why have they not intervened? Are we all too comfortable and safe in our faith to think that this is just a blip on the radar screen? I assure you, it is not! While the rest of the world is eagerly anticipating the release of the Apple watch, Iraqi children are choosing between converting to Islam or giving up this life for Jesus. While Christians are slaughtered in African villages, millions of Americans are voting for their favorite dance team on Dancing With the Stars.
ISIS is not the only enemy to Christianity throughout the world -- Apathy and Indifference are equally formidable. Sympathizing is not enough; it won't stop the genocide. For genocide is what is being perpetrated on Christians around the world. Every trace of their existence is being wiped clean whenever possible. Villages in the Middle East that still speak the Aramaic language spoken by Jesus, and which predate Islam by 700 years, are being decimated and erased from their existence. In India, 70,000 Christians have fled their homes; 80,000 Syrian Christians have been cleansed from their communities; and 10,000 Indonesian Christians have been killed in recent atrocities.
We are all familiar with the verses in Matthew, Chapter 25, in which Jesus advises us that He will gather us before Him one day, and separate us into sheep and goats. Keep in mind, these are all Christians gathered before Him! To the sheep on His right hand, He will pronounce their inheritance of His Father's Kingdom because they fed Him, gave Him water to drink, a place to sleep, and clothes. To the goats at His left hand, He will refuse to recognize them, will curse them, and send them into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. When asked by each group why they received their lot, it was based on how they treated the "least of His Brethren". Whatever they did for them, they were doing to Jesus. Did you get that? However they responded to a need of one of Jesus's brothers or sisters, would determine their sentence.
So how does that translate for us modern Christians? When we see a fellow Christian in Iraq being beheaded, and stand by and do nothing, we are beheading Jesus. When we see a Christian brother being crucified in Syria, and stand by and do nothing, we are crucifying Jesus. When we see Christian families being tortured, burned alive, and forced from their homes -- and stand by and do nothing, we are committing these horrendous acts against Jesus.
As Pastor Cahn so eloquently stated, "We are no longer a good or Christian nation, if we sit idly by. We will be judged guilty." Are we comfortable in our silent complicity? Do we only take our own self-interest to heart? Where is the outrage from Christ's Church, and what is each one of us willing to risk our lives for, and fight for -- yes, even die for --- if not for fellow Christians?
Whether the Western Church as a whole, or each of us individually, is willing to admit it or not, we will either be upheld or condemned, based on how we respond to today's persecution of Christians around the world. It is not enough to pray ... I didn't see Jesus mentioning "whenever you prayed for one of the least of my brethren". Everything involved some form of action. We must demand that the leaders of our nation and the world, take action to stop the genocide and persecution of our fellow Christians.
It is time to recognize that the number of those crying out underneath God's altar is increasing at a rapid rate, and may be near the final number. They are the souls of those who have been slain because of the word of God, and because of their unwavering testimony of faith in Jesus. God will soon answer them as they continue to call in loud voices, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" We must not be silent any longer!
Psalm 94:16 "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?"