Here in the US, any mention of the persecution of Christians will meet with guffaws, no matter how systematically traditional Christianity actually is persecuted by this culture. Christians, especially white male Christians, have nothing to complain about according to leftists. We have been the privileged class in the US for years. But that’s been changing for some time here in the States. And around the world, dire Christian persecution has long been a reality.
Right now, ISIS is going around to all the houses of the few Christians remaining in Iraq and painting an “N” for “Nazerene” on their doorposts. In a grim reversal of the passover story, these Christians have been singled out for destruction, not salvation.
Of the 1.5 million Christians who lived in Iraq in 2003, ony about 400,00 remain. And they are in grave danger. ISIS has given them a clear message: move out, convert to Islam, or die. And what has the US done about it? Not very much good, actually.
The United States does not have a good track record for defending Christians in other parts of the world, whether it was the choice to drop an atomic bomb on Nagasaki (the traditional heart of Japanese Christianity) or the more recent moves to side with Islamists at pretty much every turn in our foreign policy—from Turkey to Bosnia to Darfur.
The mainstream media doesn’t care about this story. Is it just absent-mindedness? Not according to Sebastian Gorka of Breitbart News:
“. . . The mainstream media are warped in terms of their world view.” . . . The media is “post-modernist, sophisticated, and secularist. So when it comes to the idea of religious persecution, they say, ‘Well who really cares because I don’t believe in God. If you are not sophisticated enough to be a post-modernist secularist … tough on you!’”
Indeed. Around the world, it is tough to be a Bible-believing Christian. But the world attacks Christianity to its own detriment. Here in the United States, the abandonment of Christianity has precipitated the most destructive cultural and political devolution in our history. Christian persecution in Iraq may very leave it entirely and completely in the hands of the Islamists. I don’t think anyone in their right mind thinks that would be a positive change.