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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

An Open Letter on Religious Persecution

I've been burdened for quite some time now over the atrocities that are happening to Christians who live across the world from me.  The headlines rarely give enough attention to what is happening but innocent lives are being brutally destroyed while we sit by and do nothing.  Boko Haram has murdered thousands, especially in Nigeria, ISIS has beheaded Christians in Egypt, Syria and Libya, in Kenya, Al-Shabaab attacked a university and singled out Christians and then shot them to death, a Christian pastor from my own home state is being tortured and held in an Iranian prison, simply for being a Christian.  The stories are many. As fellow Christians, we should not be sitting idly by, living in the lap of luxury (you may not think your life is one of luxury....but if you live in America and have a roof over your head and food to eat, it is a life of luxury), ignoring or being ignorant to the plight of fellow Christians around the world.  First and foremost, we should be lifting them up in prayer daily.  God's word says, "Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." (Heb. 13:3) Imagine yourself in their shoes....imagine your children being killed in front of you because of your faith in Christ....imagine your wife being ripped from your arms and brutally raped because she bears the name Christian.  Don't ignore their suffering or push it out of your mind.  If you need a good resource to help you know how to pray for those around the world, just check out Operation World.  It's a great book that gives guidance on the nations and how to pray for them.  Also, here's a guide of some ways you can pray for persecuted believers:

  • Please pray persecuted believers would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:18).
  • Pray the Holy Spirit would strengthen them (Ephesians 3:16).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would know how much God loves them (Ephesians 3:17)
  • Pray they would know how to share the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would fearlessly tell others about Jesus (Ephesians 6:20).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would have access to a Bible.
  • Pray they have the courage to remain in their homeland.
  • Please pray for believers who have been rejected by family and friends. Pray that God would surround them with a new Christian "family" who loves them and supports them emotionally and physically.
  • Pray for God to be an advocate for women who are socially vulnerable or have lost the custody of their children because of their faith.
  • Please pray that God would provide persecuted believers with jobs and safe places to live. (credits to   
I know it can be hard to imagine what we can do from this side of the world.  I often feel like I'm grasping at straws trying to think of what I can do as a stay at home mom from Idaho.  But as we were talking with a friend of ours, we decided we would try and make our voices as loud as possible.  My good friend wrote up a letter to our Congressman and sent it to him and I have done the same.  I'm going to paste the letter we sent into this post and I'm asking you to do the same.  And then to spread the word.  They may not listen...they may do nothing...but at least they won't say we didn't try, we didn't fight for the freedom of others and stand up for justice in this world.  

Here are the links to find both your State Representatives' and Senators' contact info.

Please join with us in this and send the letter.  It's as simple as copying and pasting and will probably take less than 5 minutes. Then please spread the news to everyone you know...share this on facebook...let's get as many people as possible to bombard Capital Hill with this.  Thank you so much!

Here's the open letter, feel free to tweak it as you see necessary:

I am writing to express my deep concern over religious persecution that is taking place across our world from governments like Iran’s to terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and others. Christians, along with other citizens, are being tortured, beheaded, crucified, shot, and burned alive. Women are being raped, forced to convert to Islam, and placed into slavery. Children are being brutally murdered in front of their parent's eyes. Christian Churches are being burned to the ground.

As Americans we clearly believe that religious liberty is a right of all human beings. Is America going to stand by and continue to allow innocent people to be tortured and killed in the most terrible ways imaginable just because of their faith? Why are we not boldly speaking out and taking action to stop such terrible atrocities?

I fully understand we cannot possibly stop all the evil in our world but why do we send foreign aid to many countries that do not stand up for basic human rights?

Why are we currently negotiating with the government of Iran while American citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini continues to be tortured and held in an Iranian prison day after day for doing nothing but being a Christian?

It all is an eerie reminder of the Jewish holocaust when millions were tortured and brutally murdered because of their faith and ethnicity.  We mustn't stand idly by again while thousands are being murdered.  Don’t let our generation’s legacy be one of complacency and inaction.

I strongly urge you to do whatever you can in your power to stand up for these innocent victims of pure evil. Don’t stand by while families are ripped apart and lives are being destroyed.

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