Why Don’t Christians Help…Christians?

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This is true despite the fact that the most powerful Christian in the world, Pope Benedict XVI, has not been silent. For example, on Jan. 10, in his annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, he spoke of “the Christian communities in (the Middle East) which suffer greatly because of their fidelity to Christ and the Church … the attacks which brought death, grief and dismay among the Christians of Iraq.”

He appealed directly to the Muslim world: “To the Muslim religious leaders I renew my heartfelt appeal that their Christian fellow-citizens be able to live in security.”

He continued: “In Egypt, too, in Alexandria, terrorism brutally struck Christians as they prayed in church. … Regarding the states of the Arabian Peninsula, where numerous Christian immigrant workers live, I hope that the Catholic Church will be able to establish suitable pastoral structures.”

He wasn’t done: “Particular mention must be made of the law against blasphemy in Pakistan. I once more encourage the leaders of that country to take the necessary steps to abrogate that law.”

And even more: “Violence against Christians does not spare Africa. Attacks on places of worship in Nigeria during the very celebrations marking the birth of Christ are another sad proof of this.”

Again, eight days earlier, the pope announced: “Yesterday morning we learned with sorrow the news of the serious attack on the Christian Coptic community in Alexandria, Egypt. This despicable act of death — like the current trend of setting bombs close to the homes of Christians in Iraq to force them to leave — offends God and the whole of humanity.”

But aside from the pope and some activist groups, the Christian world is as silent today as it was when Christians were imprisoned and killed in the Soviet Union.

It is time to change this pattern. Christians should organize an international day or week of solidarity for persecuted Christians in the Muslim world. And not only Christians should attend these hopefully large events. Jews and Muslims should also be in attendance, and their representatives should speak. Jews should because it is right and because of all Christians did for Soviet Jewry and do for Israel; and Muslims should because it is right and because nothing would protect the good name of Muslims like joining non-Muslims in voicing solidarity with the many Christian victims of persecution in Muslim countries.

 

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  • QSuzy

    This is a very good question and I don't know the answer.

  • Fred Dawes

    me to QSuzy

  • Fred Dawes

    sad to say you are right and someday most Christians will pay for that and the price tag will really be high as hell can make it.

  • inmateprof

    The only group I know of is the Voice of the Martyrs. Their mission is to help the persecuted church. It is a great organization that I encourage Christians to tithe to. I'm sick of the mega-churches, purpose driven life, prosperity gospel churches. We have become so selfish as a body. God has blessed this nation so we can help our brothers and sisters, but we aren't. We need new buildings, speakers, and rec. rooms for the youth.

  • Jim

    Their ministers do not tell them that they should.

  • http://www.heavensmydestination.blogspot.com Nicodemus

    This is a complex issue and would take much time to reply to well and in a balanced way.

    Part of the reason relates to the dangers of anti-intellectualism in certain sectors of Christianity and in this context I would refer you to the address of Charles Malik, " The Other Side of Evangelism," see Christianity Today, November 7th 1980, page 40. For his original address see The Two Tasks (Wheaton III: Bily Graham Centre, 2000). It was given as the inaugural address at the dedication of the new Billy Graham Center on the Campus of Wheaton College. From sufficient attention to the intellectual basis of our faith springs the rationale for taking on vested political interests including all forms of totalitarianism and becoming involved in poilitics more generally.

  • http://www.heavensmydestination.blogspot.com Nicodemus

    Francis A. Scaheffer's book "A Christian Manifesto" lays a framework for civil disobedience and I think there is a clear case for that as well as the case for peace and order and sustaining that by contributing positively to society.

    Also the fact that as Irving Kristol pointed towards in one of his essays, the fact that historical Christianity focuses on "belief" has an impact, so we see ourselves as a community of belief rather than faith and not primarily centred on political programs. So there is no case in my view for any form of theocracy for conservative Christians.

    It is hard to take though when those who appear at times most in the stream of defending the rights of Christians not to be murdered or targeted are not themselves Christians and yet I personally am very grateful for that support.

    Thank you.

  • Russell

    American Christians have focus issue due to a wide variety of Social,Work,and Entertainment distractions. The best we can do is talk it up with our fellow Christians both friends and leaders alike. Help bring awareness to the church by providing facts and asking for the churches to set up some sort of financial support system with on the sean originations. Most importantly to prey and give as opportunity presents . Just giving would be pointless without the power of the Holy Spirits support. So talk it up.get a financial system in play and Prey!

  • http://www.heavensmydestination.blogspot.com Nicodemus

    I think it is also very difficult for those who might be prepared to take up the cause to do so when the resources are not seemingly available to enable those with the gifts and abilities to do so free from fear of loss of work opportunity and threats as a result when they also have families. Just as the Pakistan Christian recently murdered commented before his death, he chose not to marry for fear of the threat of death.

  • Troy Pearsall

    This problem runs deeper that Christina failing to support our brothers and sisters in different country. I have seen Christian fail to support a dieing Christian right next door to them. We support anything the world says is ok but we forget to support our own.

    There can be two Churches on the same street one corner pentecostal the other baptist they pass each other going to worship each Sunday, yet they could not tell you the name of one Pastor of the church on the opposite corner if it wasn't for the marquee.

    They act as though their church is fighting the devil all by themselves and the world is just watching and waiting for them to realize victory. Most churches are not even to pay rent on their building so of course they are unable to meet the needs of the local community. Is there any wonder they can't meet the needs of their brothers and sisters around the world that are suffering for Christ?

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