July 28, 2014

Are We Deaf to Iraqi Christians?

Source: The Dish
While there's been lots of attention given to ISIS in the news, I've heard very little reaction regarding the Christian expulsion and threat of genocide in Iraq. Genocide may seem like a strong term, but that's effectively what the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq has said when interviewed.

Why is that?

Of course, the persecution of any people group is deplorable and unacceptable. But is it not a bit alarming that there is not greater outrage among more Christians concerning what is happening in Iraq? After all, these are people whom we weekly pray and read Scripture alongside across the globe. Especially for those who follow more "liturgical" traditions, patterns. What does it say when we are more apt to feel camaraderie across cultures with those whom we share political views or consumer habits rather than spiritual practice?

This post on The Dish shares a few voices talking about this. I appreciated the questions Timothy Stanley posed. In particular, I appreciated this:

"The reporter John Allen argues that Westerners have been trained to think of Christians as 'an agent of aggression, not its victim' - so we’re deaf to pleas for help." (emphasis mine)


There are conservative Christian groups in the west that talk about the persecution of Christians in other parts of the world quite a bit–like Voice of the Martyrs, for example. But I have to admit, I don't hear progressive Christians in the west talk about this.

Why is that?

Is it politically incorrect for progressive Christians of the west to stand up for Christians in other parts of the world? Is this related to our collective embarrassment over the colonialist practices of previous generations of western Christians? Is it because Christians in other parts of the world don't have the same social agenda as progressive western Christians?

What do you think?

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