How can you stand with Christians in the Middle East?

The plight of Christians living in Middle East has finally begun to trickle into the mainstream media.

See these recent articles:

Egyptian Protesters Turn Fury on Coptic Christians- ABC News

‘Horrible’: Christian churches across Egypt stormed, torched- CNN

Christians targeted in communal violence in Egypt- The Financial Times

Egypt’s Coptic Christians report fresh attacks on churches- The Guardian 

Especially in Egypt and Syria our Christian brothers and sisters are subjected to untold persecutions. It is shameful that our government and media choose not to highlight their suffering.

So what can YOU do TODAY to stand with Christians in the Middle East?

1. Contact your elected officials in Washington and ask them what they are doing tell them to protect the liberties Christians in the Middle East.

2. Raise awareness of the sufferings of Christians in the Middle East with social media.

3. Pray and offer sacrifices for the intentions of the suffering Christians in the Middle East. In particular, let us pray that they remain faithful to their baptismal identity.

# 3 is most important.

The Church Father, Tertullian, teaches us that, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” But, this does not mean we can stand by idly and turn a blind eye to their suffering. If anything, we need to unite our prayers to theirs and ask the Lord to deliver them from their present suffering. There will only be true peace when Christ reigns in every person’s heart.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time. In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls.

1st Peter 1:3-9

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  1. My prayers are joined with yours as we lift up Christians in Egypt. My the Lord look after them and bring healing to them, and strengthen them. In His name, Jesus, I pray. – Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Schultz, Covenant Bible Seminary, Lakewood, WA.

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