2 years, 9 months ago
Iraq’s Christian leaders have just made a desperate cry for help. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq’s Catholic church, has issued an appeal “to all who have a living conscience in Iraq and all the world.”
The situation for Iraq’s Christians has been steadily deteriorating ever since the 2003 invasion, in part because the U.S. never acknowledged that Christians were being targeted by Islamists and did not prioritize protection of Christians or other minorities.
But with the recent sweep through Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the jihadi group ISIS, Iraq’s Christians look to be on the verge of genocide.
On June 16th it was reported that ISIS had marked the doors of Christians in red. Patriarch Sako’s letter confirms that rumor. While no one yet knows what this ominous sign foretells, Sako and other Christian leaders are pleading with the world to intervene before the meaning of the sign is made clear.
Oh, I think the meaning is clear. Convert, pay jizya, or die. Of course America ignored the plight of the Christians during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” The leadership didn’t care.
Nor does the leadership care today. In fact, it runs well beyond political leadership to church leadership. While we listen to sermons of introspection and the social gospel, Christians around the world are slaughtered. When is the last time you even heard a prayer in a worship service for the suffering Christians worldwide?
American “Christians” are too busy trying to disarm each other (when we should be trying to arm each other and prepare for conflict), or focused on the disembowelment of what’s left of Christian theology in America to notice that fellow believers are dying or to say a thing about it. Soft and weak, we are. And very self centered.
Shame on the weak, pathetic, pitiful, disgusting, repulsive American Christianity. Shame, now and in eternity.