"Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word."
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The faces, names and countries change but the tragic truth that remains unchanged is the egregious and widespread persecution and murder of human beings whose only "crime" is their Christianity. "Persecuted The Global Assault On Christians" (PTGAOC) is a book written by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert and Nina Shea that chronicles the atrocities faced by the faithful worldwide. A father is murdered in cold blood in the presence of his children, a women is raped and beheaded as a warning to others, churches are burned with the parishioners still inside, the horror is unending. Christians are facing these monstrosities and sadly, many governments turn their backs on this truth and many Western Christians are blissfully unaware of the magnitude of this atrocity. It is true that historically the Church has grown and become stronger in times of persecution; although, under unrelenting massacre, the Christian population is becoming decimated in some areas.
The authors quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German minister martyred at the end of the Hitler regime, "Christians should give more offence, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christians should take a stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong." The superficiality and complacency demonstrated by much of the mainstream Western Church currently is a luxury that those being persecuted and martyred across the globe cannot afford.
I recommend the reading of this book to anyone who possesses a social conscience. It is vitally important that those of us with a voice and the ability to speak for these persecuted believers stand in prayer and protest for them. God has granted some the freedom that others can only imagine, and we must use this freedom to fight for theirs.
Christianity must stand united in prayer and social advocacy for our brothers and sisters in bonds. PTGAOC was produced as a project by the Center For Religious Freedom, underwritten by the Hudson Institute. For more information: Hudson Institute's Center For Religious Freedom, 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20005; http://crf.hudson.org.