Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Dear Christians, Where Are You??

It seems every time I browse the usual blogs, I come across a story about Christians being persecuted somewhere in the world. In Somalia they are getting beheaded. Their churches are being bombed in Iraq. In India a pastor was attacked and nearly beaten to death on Sunday.

Here in the UK a nurse faces losing her job because she wears a necklace with a cross pendant, and now a Christian couple is facing criminal charges after they "offended" a Muslim guest of their hotel. And about all these things the Christian world is seemingly.....silent.

Now I know there are many Christians who do care about what is going on, but where are the rest of you? I appreciate the fact that Christians do not threaten to cut off someone's head or riot in front of embassies every time a person or government does something to 'offend' them - but is it too much to ask for a little solidarity?

This does not have to come from the pulpit - and it probably should not. Pastors do not need to insult the intelligence of their congregation by telling them how to vote, what to lobby for, or what 'causes' to adopt. However - it would be nice if someone would tell Christians what their fellow believers are facing around the world - and in their own country (think CHRC in Canada).

So many churches seem to have bought into this "Social Justice" movement, where people are convinced they are doing their Christian duty by eating organic food (another topic for another time), and saving the world by drinking Fair Trade coffee. Perhaps when someone gets that warm fuzzy feeling, believing they are saving the world, drinking a Fair Trade Grande Mocha Latte and using cloth shopping bags - it is just too disturbing to think that a few thousand miles away their fellow believer is having their head cut off. Is this why nobody wants to talk about it, it's just too unsettling?

I have sat through many Thanksgiving services where everyone talks about how thankful they are to live in a country where you are free to go to church. But how long will Christians be free to express their beliefs, and what about Christians in other countries who are persecuted because they go to church?

Some churches in Canada are so busy trying to delegitimize Israel they clearly do not have time to worry about fellow Christians, but what about the rest? Are they too busy building mega churches? Are they afraid that standing up for their beliefs will make them look crazy? Is it because most Christians honestly do not know the extent of what is going on?

SquareMileWife wants to know. I would love to hear from any of my Christian readers on this subject.