Meanwhile in Mosul.
It’s the Nazis all over again.
When my Dad worked in Egypt for a year, he made friends with Egyptian Christians and went to a Protestant Egyptian church (where someone translated the sermon in his ear so he could understand). I got to visit Egypt and talk to some of the (English speaking) Christians there. They told me that when the Muslims came in, they (Christians) were given the option to convert. They refused. The majority of the Christians in Egypt died that way. In honor of that sacrifice, all the current Christians in Egypt have a tattoo of a cross on their wrist or their upper arm, so if the slaughter should happen again (and they wouldn’t be surprised if it did), they wouldn’t be able to deny Christ. The evidence on their skin would prevent them from betraying.
That is beautiful.
I haven’t talked about this much, what’s going on with the persecution of Christians and other minorities in places like Syria. Honestly, I’m not quite as worried about those Christians… I think our church here in the West would be better off if we were persecuted half as much. It would discourage a lot of fakers and casual Christians from corrupting the church.
Do pray for persecuted Christians, but pray more for those who are persecuting them, and for others who are living in fear under these regimes.