Word from the Pastor
ue to Pray for Christian Martyrs
Continue to Pray for Martyred Christians In Saudi Arabia, absolutely no public expression of Christianity is allowed by law. It is even illegal to wear a cross on a necklace around your neck, to read a Bible, or to whisper Christian prayers in the privacy of one’s own home. There is a nationwide band on all Christian churches, artifacts, and literature. A special religious police force, known as the muttawa, conducts forcible and unannounced inspections of people’s homes. These inspections are searching for evidence of non-Islamic behavior or possessions.
In Indonesia the extremist group Laskar Jihadhas killed as many as 10,000 Christians. In addition, it has forcibly converted thousands to Islam and has also destroyed hundreds of Christian churches.
In the Sudan, the Kartoum regime for years has waged a bloody jihad against Christians in the southern part of the country, killing 2,000,000 of them and displacing 5,000,000 more Christians. According to Nina Shea, and expert on the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world:
“The Sudanese government and its agents have bombed, burned, and looted southern villages; enslaved women and children; forcibly converted Christians and other boys and sent them into battle; relocated entire villages into concentration camps called ‘peace villages’; and withheld food aid to starving Christians and animist communities until they converted to Islam.”
In the spring of 2003, Sudanese jihadists burned to death a Christian pastor and his family while carrying out an unprovoked massacre of 59 villagers.
In Nigeria, Muslim mobs have torched churches and enforced
laws on Christians, horsewhipping female Christian college students whom they deemed to be dressed improperly.
Even in Lebanon traditionally the Middle East’s sole Christian land, Christians suffer persecution marked most notably by the ongoing series of assassinations of Christian political leaders. Lebanese Christian communities that date back to the dawn of Christianity have been steadily decreasing in the numbers throughout all the Middle-East and as well as in Africa.
Today, the Christian faith is on the verge of disappearing completely from these areas altogether. All around the Muslim world, an assertive, embattled and all-consuming Islam is newly energized and seeking power by purging all the lands of those elements that might deter or counteract the Islamic religion from possessing total control. This resurgence stems in large measure from the billions of Saudi dollars that have been made available for the spread of the global jihad. Another major factor is the communications revolution, which has allowed for the quick and easy dissemination of the jihadist ideology into areas of the Islamic world where it had lain dormant for centuries. Christians have without doubt been the principle targets and victims in the Islamic jihadist quest for the domination of sharia law and the political control of countries seeking to espouse Islam as its only religion.