We Can’t Remain Silent

An article published last week by Kirsten Powers caught my attention. The title—A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent.


akistanis protest against violence against Christians in Lahore on Sept. 24, 2013. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistanis protest against violence against Christians in Lahore on Sept. 24, 2013. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Powers is a columnist for the Daily Beast, a contributor to USA Today, and a Fox News Political Analyst.

In her article, Powers reports on recent attacks on Christians in the Middle East and Africa. I have seen or heard most of the stories on various news outlets, but rarely are they reported as a blatant attack on Christians.

Persecution like this happens all over the world all the time. However, I can’t remember a single church service in America that had a time of prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Why are we silent?

I know that some around the country are praying for them. Especially believers who are from those countries or maybe served there.

Powers had two quotes in her article that stood out:

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Everyone remembers MLK and what he stood for. Bonhoeffer was a German pastor that stood against the evil Nazi empire and was executed for it.

Voice of the Martyr is a great website to follow to keep abreast the worldwide persecution of Christians. This website also provides proactive ways to stand against this evil.

November 3rd is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Will you join me in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world?

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One thought on “We Can’t Remain Silent

  1. I live my life with my head in the sand. I’m changing poopy diapers and training a toddler, but I must make myself more aware of those persecuted. “Father, forgive me.”