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ICC Note: In the following opinion editorial the author considers the average American’s ambivalence or simple ignorance about what is happening to Christians all over the world. The majority of American Christians, who are believed to number more than 200 million, seem to be unaware that Christians in nations such as Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, China, Vietnam and many more face the threat of prison, violence, and death for choosing to follow after Christ.  The article challenges America’s Christians to become more actively involved in making a difference for our “brothers and sisters” around the world facing persecution for their faith. 
9/6/2013 United States (CIC) – The Church is under fire. Upon reading that statement, half the people who started reading this article just moved on to something “more interesting.”
And that response is troublesome.
The plight of believers gets little attention on the global stage, leaving many Christians throughout North America unaware and therefore indifferent to what’s going on in the body of Christ.
Mention persecution, and eyes glaze over. Silence continues because not enough church leaders are talking about it from the pulpit. Although Barna Research states the opposite, many North American church leaders and pastors say their flocks don’t want to hear such negative and depressing things.
That’s despite the following:
Al-Qaeda vows to slaughter Christians after the U.S. “liberates” Syria. Nigeria’s Boko Haram has slaughtered 3,000 Christians since they began waging war. Egypt’s Coptic Church is under fire. A Church official there says after the recent violence that destroyed over 72 churches, there are just 57 Christian churches in the entire country–down from more than 300 as recently as 2003.
The Barnabas Fund, a ministry to the persecuted Church, is airlifting Christians out of Sudan. So far, they’ve evacuated more than 5,000 Christians from northern Sudan. In Pakistan, believers are still trying to put their lives back together after 3,000 angry Muslims torched the Joseph Colony six months ago. That’s only part of the Middle East and North Africa.
Asia is also on the list. North Korea is trying to erase Christians and has been atop the Open Doors World Watch List for 11 years as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. There’s religicide going on in Burma and in parts of India.
And still, there’s relative silence from North America. There are a few who have been speaking out as loudly as they can, but the overall impassive response to the worldwide persecuted church begs the question: Do we care?

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