Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York Times on "obscene" indifference to Christian genocide

Ronald Lauder, a Jewish activist, has a powerful editorial in the New York Times:
WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.

Historians may look back at this period and wonder if people had lost their bearings. Few reporters have traveled to Iraq to bear witness to the Nazi-like wave of terror that is rolling across that country. The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014. There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?
President Obama should be commended for ordering airstrikes to save tens of thousands of Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion and have been stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq, besieged by Sunni Muslim militants. But sadly, airstrikes alone are not enough to stop this grotesque wave of terrorism.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not a loose coalition of jihadist groups, but a real military force that has managed to take over much of Iraq with a successful business model that rivals its coldblooded spearhead of death. It uses money from banks and gold shops it has captured, along with control of oil resources and old-fashioned extortion, to finance its killing machine, making it perhaps the wealthiest Islamist terrorist group in the world. But where it truly excels is in its carnage, rivaling the death orgies of the Middle Ages. It has ruthlessly targeted Shiites, Kurds and Christians.

“They actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick” a Chaldean-American businessman named Mark Arabo told CNN, describing a scene in a Mosul park. “More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”

This week, 200,000 Aramaeans fled their ancestral homeland around Nineveh, having already escaped Mosul.

The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn’t just wrong; it’s obscene.

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The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped.

12 comments:

Susan Moore said...

You know, Dr. Barber, it occurs to me that responding to your recent two blogs I have asked you to help me understand your use of the word(s) cult/cultic/cultic worship, and you have chosen not to help me.
Now, again, you seem to be asking a question as to why violence continues in the world -specifically, again, against Christians. It is not a rhetorical question. There is one answer. And in my mind, at least, that answer is extremely simple. But what do I know and why would I know it?

So, ask Adam (Genesis 2:15-3:6). Adam knows, but he probably won't tell you. Why won't he tell you? Because knowing the good we ought to do and not doing it is sin (James 4:17). And by sinning we choose to separate our way from God's way, and therefore choose to worship idols and live according to our own definitions of truth (definitions which are always relative and rationalized to meet our own selfish desires).

But intentionally choosing not to do the right thing is different than being deceived into doing the wrong thing. When we are deceived we believe we know what the truth is, and try our best to follow it. We even try to get our spouses to follow it, too (Gen. 3:6, 13).

These same two events are occurring in the world today, and are implicated in both the apathy and violence we see.

What is the solution? There is only one: Love God above all else, love each other as ourselves. When we do that, all people see God by seeing what He has made: His kingdom on earth, which is unstoppable by any created thing.

No one can ask, "Where is God?" God has never left us, and never will. He is here with us and in us. The only question that can rightfully be asked is, "Where are we?"

JohnE said...

Susan, I don't see anything to disagree with in your comments, depending on what you mean by them. I'm not sure what you're trying to say about the situation in Iraq in regards to using violence in self-defense. Are these comments the advice you would give to the Iraqi's who are about to be attacked by ISIS, raped, beheaded, and hanged? Loving your enemies does not mean you can't kill them when they put yourself or others in mortal danger.

Susan Moore said...

Hi JohnE,
To get to the conclusion I did, I asked myself, "Is there violence in heaven? If not, why not?" If there is no violence in heaven, then it can't be because God is different there, because God is unchanging and is the same here (the proof of that would be Jesus -was He violent ever?).

Nick said...

American indifference to Christian persecution could be for a number of reasons, such as:

1. Christians are misunderstood as being disobedient when they complain about suffering, since Jesus said we must suffer.
2. Anti-christian or anti-religious bias, whether intentional or accidental
3. Some Christians have a persecution complex, so some people are more cold toward cries of persecution
4. America has a lot of Christian influence and has heard a lot about Christian martyrs, so it all seems mundane to Americans
5. Some Christians complain more than they should, so they become annoying to hear when they cry persecution
6. Innocent ignorance of the persecution
7. Too many causes to care about these days: cancer, kids, etc.
8. The Cross and Heaven are misunderstood as excuses to suffer and commit evil
9. Some people work to silence religious folk because they want society to get rid of religion
10. Original Sin and Concupiscence cause us to be slacktivists and occupy ourselves with our sins

Susan Moore said...

I think, being humans who desire to be merciful to others, we are too eager to rationalize human behavior instead of calling a spade a spade.
Violence and apathy are enemies of God that Sacred Scripture directly addresses, so why not accept the truth of the matter?
It seems to me that Jesus tells us that He suffers for being God (and fulfilling the law), and therefore as His followers we will suffer, too. The words of St. John chapters 15 through 16:15 explain these things.
In order to deny the truth in the Word of God, our human nature has effectively joined us with the enemy of God –at least, for Christians, until our indwelled Spirit lovingly intervenes and sets us back on the way of light and life.
God allows for no gray area of understanding of who He is. A person has only two options: know God and live, or deny Him and perish in hell.

JohnE said...

Susan, remember that Jesus made a whip and drove out the money-changers in the temple, and often spoke harsh words to the pharisees (woe, blind guides, hypocrites, etc). We live in a fallen world, we're not in Heaven yet.

Susan Moore said...

Hi JohnE,
Yes I was remembering those things. I was wondering if those are the verses Christians use to rationalize their murdering others, even in self-defense or conversely, to rationalize their own lack of faith by saying that Jesus must have sinned.

I’ve been wondering what the effect would be if we, instead of killing our enemies, captured them; and instead of torturing them, we loved them instead.

Say we separated them from each other and individually we gave them the food they liked, treated their wounds, gave them adequate rest, and shared the gospel with them in their language in a humble and non-judgmental way, and then returned them, individually, to their home land. What would happen next?

Anonymous said...

Great point and well said. But we should always remember purgatory is real. If jesus used a whip to drive people out if the temple than those who sin here though sins such as deception, deciet, slander unrepented sins against the flesh, malintent against neighbor, harboring unforgiveness, or any other venial or mortal sins we commit...well when we die the justice of God is real. The verse is a real demonstration of this. But Gods greatest attribute is mercy. Souls in mortal sin who choose to embrace it are met by something that defies base human emotions.

Susan Moore said...

Thanks, Anonymous, for reminding me of the in-between place. I had tabled that while I was in the Protestant churches (there seemed to be bigger fires to fight).
God is only good!

Simon said...

Hi John

I believe the mass media is widely ignoring the massacre of Christians because unfortunately it is controlled by people with a satanic agenda and are particularly vicious against the church.

I notice the president has spoken out and sent in airstrikes to protect the Yazidis, Why didn't he do that for the Christians?

All the newspapers and channels mention yazidis and religious minorities. It is as if there was some kind of blackout against mentioning the word "Christian" unless it is done in some negative way (see pedo priests etc).

And i am speaking as a person who works in the media. I work as a producer for the BBC.

The agenda is not just simply biased, the fix is definitely in. And i pray that all Christians wake up and see it for what it is.

What has alarmed me most in the recent years is i have noticed that every country America Nato / EU (call them what you will) have gone into in the middle east has led to the death of Christians.

1. Iraq - US removed Saddam who protected the Christians and the next thing you know, Churches were being blown up, Christians started getting killed.

2. Egypt - Some call it the Arab Spring, Webster Tarpley calls it what it is. The pentagon placing the Muslim Brotherhood in power. Which has lead to the destruction of Churches and death of Christians.

3. Libya - another dictator removed only for the Christians to be murdered, nuns raped and monks executed.

4. Syria - where the very same ISIS terrorists are called freedom fighters… More dead Christians and destroyed Churches

Where in dec 2013 senator john mc cain went to meet these "heroic Freedom fighters" this is the very same Bagdadi or caliph or whatever he calls himself now.

The very same baby killers that we are talking about armed by the US and Europe.
The very same guys that Netanyahu only a few weeks ago called "good for the Middle east"

The facts are out there for anyone to check.

The question is why are they doing it?

You only need to look at military intelligence and its links with the diabolical.

Renown Rocket scientist Jack Parsons was a satanic high priest and a Crowley disciple.

Many other people in Government and especially the military intelligence are that way inclined. (see General Aquino - founder of the temple of set a satanic order, who also was charged in court for pedophilia and making snuff films)

This is a twisted world we live in. The media keeps telling us good is bad and being bad is good.

It's time we Christians stop fighting each other and unite against the age old enemy who in stealth has crept up to our doorstep. I'm not talking about muslims, i'm talking about the devil.

He is real and is at hard at work.

PS. many of ISIS terrorists are gangsters that come from egypt and the west. I believe very few are actually from Syria or Iraq.


Susan Moore said...

Nevertheless, we must remain eternity-minded. God places all authorities in their positions. The trials of this life form our spiritual boot camp. Satan can only do what God permits him to do. When we persevere through our trials, our faith is purified and strengthened: this is the work of God, that you believe in the one He has sent (John 6:29).

O man, what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). While still in bed, I remind myself of that every morning. Also, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, generosity, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law" (Gal. 5:22-23). Nor will there ever be.

Fret not, His will will be done. Perfect love casts out all fear.

Anonymous said...

@Susan: No problem.
@Simon