“Unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.”
We are in the midst of a genocide. It may be halfway across the world but it is happening none the less. The slaughtering of Christian people as well as other religious minorities in the Middle East is mind boggling. ISIS is systematically beheading, crucifying, torturing, and murdering our fellow believers and yet, facebook culture continues on mostly unaffected.
Back when all of that drama with Chick-Fil-A was going on, my news feed practically EXPLODED for DAYS with angry Christians making their stand and yet for some reason I have scarcely heard a peep about our fellow believers in Iraq. Why is it that we are more concerned with political/non eternal issues than with matters of life and death? Is it because they don’t affect us? Is it because we would rather Instagram what we had for breakfast? Is it because it hurts us too much to acknowledge that this is happening??? Well that is just plain selfish and a total disconnect. Christians WAKE UP! We, and I am talking to myself here too, need to stop sticking our head in the sand and rise up as one—unified. We need to lift our voices to God first and then out to others. Let’s show some solidarity.
Here are some things we can do.
- Use our facebook as a platform to raise awareness. Share news pieces, blog posts, videos etc. I’m not saying that we should stop posting personal things but we should also be posting about our fellow believers. American individuality is not modeled in the Bible. Romans 12 tells us that we are a part of a body. If someone is in need, we are to contribute. We are also commanded to mourn with our fellow believers when tragedy strikes. Verse 15 of Romans 12 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
- Sign (and share) petitions to get our government to send aid to the Kurds (our allies that are fighting the ISIS) and to offer more aid to the people that are stranded and starving on the mountain of Sinjar. We might feel like our voice has no power but that is a false assumption. James 3:4-5 says, “Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” Here is one petition you can go sign right now.
- As a sign of solidarity—to show you stand with the persecuted, change your profile picture to the picture above. It is the Arabic letter “N” and is the first letter in the word Nazarene. This is the word that ISIS is using to refer to Christians and the symbol they are marking their homes and properties with.
- Finally, but most importantly get on your knees and pray and beseech others to join you. Our God is powerful and he hears the prayers of his children. James 5:16 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” You might be thinking “I’m not righteous” but because of the shed blood of Jesus we have been made righteous. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Knowing these truths, get on your knees, and come before him boldly! Hebrews 4:14-16 says, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
This is ongoing and to ignore it would be yet another atrocity. One day we will stand before our Lord Jesus and we will have to give an account for our actions. Let’s take a stand here and be faithful to our King