Christians in the West often have a hard time knowing how to interact with the subject of persecution of Christians in the Middle East. It is easy to ignore what is happening until a big news article hits like the ambush that killed 30 Coptic Christians in Egypt. For the Christians in the West to be more effective in helping the persecuted church abroad it is important that, in addition to being aware of the plight of these Christian, we understand the nuances of their situation. Often Christians abroad have to adapt to survive, sometimes even relying on their persecutors for help. We need to begin a national conversation to address the persecution of Christians that happens in 125 counties, not in an over spiritualized way but recognizing that these are real people in need.
06/02/2017 Middle East (Desert News) – Christians are the most persecuted faith group in the world today, targeted by Islamic terror groups like Boko Haram and ISIS, as well as secular governments and even competing Christian sects.
They endure physical harassment and social discrimination in more than 125 countries, nearly twice the number of countries (74) where Jews are harassed, according to Pew Research Center.
Last week in Egypt, almost 30 Coptic Christians were murdered as they made their way to a monastery. Worshipers, young and old, were shot at close range by men who claimed to be security officers.
“They told the men to recite the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith. When the men refused, the gunmen opened fire,” The New York Times reported.
The incident grabbed international headlines, but less than 10 days later, how many Americans remember it?
We have short attention spans when it comes to Christian persecution — a depressing reality given the number of believers in need of our help today, said Edward Clancy, who has spent the past 17 years working to support Christians around the world.