I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress (Philippians 4:13-14).
In “Phil vs. The GLAADiators, pt. 2” I raised a minor point that when it comes to the imprisonment, torture, and murder of Christians all over the Muslim world and other places like North Korea, by and large little is said in American churches.
Why are we so silent? Let’s consider some possible reasons.
Many Christians are ignorant of the persecution of our brothers and sisters in the faith. But is this ignorance excusable? I don’t believe so; not in our age of instant information. I can’t help but wonder if the ignorance is willful. And shouldn’t the church be a force to combat such ignorance?
Are we scared speechless? If so, what are we afraid of? Some fear that if we begin in earnest to voice our disapprobation, the persecution may grow worse. This is at best unfounded.
It’s quite possible our phobia has more to do with being maligned and mislabeled by the mind-bending “Islam is a religion of peace” cult. Yet even more probable still: We fear the discomfort of our members more than the displeasure of our enemies.
Why concern ourselves with things we cannot change? This defeatist mindset flows from two, at times interconnected, streams: Politics and eschatology.
On the one hand, humanistic visions of “spreading democracy” have thus far been an abject failure. But we are not called to put our faith or confidence in man.
On the other hand, dark Dispensational visions of an ever increasingly wicked world and an ever increasingly weakened church are not conducive to hopeful, spiritual, cultural confrontation or transformation.
Could it be that we are silent because we lack true empathy and genuine concern? Some allege that our silence would be broken if persecution similar to that in the Middle East or Africa were to take place in our own country. How selfish and myopic. How sad.
Surely our union with persecuted brethren is spiritual, not spatial. Miles shouldn’t matter.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it . . .
you are the body of Christ (1Cor. 12:26, 27).
Can you think of any other reasons for the silence of the lambs? Are any of them godly?