Our friends at the Anglican Communion News Service recently spoke to the Vicar of Baghdad, the Reverend Canon Andrew White, who begged for the prayers and support of the Christian world at large.
Reverend White spoke out about conditions on the ground in ISIS controlled Iraq, “Every day, we think that the crisis here cannot get worse and every day it does. Yesterday over 1500 people were killed.
Iraq seems like old news, yet things just get worse and worse here. It is as if hell has broken out here and nobody cares, that is apart from your our supporters who never leave us and keep supporting us in every way and to you I simply say thank you.
So many of our people have left or are planning to leave. Even here in Baghdad people are terrified of what is happening around us. The ISIS has established their hidden cells within Baghdad and people are seriously under threat even though they are not in the areas controlled by the ISIS. The number of kidnappings here has soared and people simply do not know what is going to happen next.
We are still involved in providing a lot of support for the Christians who have fled Mosul and Nineveh to the North but we are staying here as our archdeacon is coming and we are really looking forward to this. We cannot really believe he is willing to come into this but he is. The support we have raised is going to the various established churches and they are sharing what is most needed with their people.
Please continue to pray for us and support us in our crisis.”
(An ISIS truck carrying prisoners off to execution – women and children included.)
The situation has grown even more dire since the explosion of violence between Hamas and Israel in recent days.
ISIS recently said that “we can do anything now the world is just looking at Gaza,” and Reverend White agrees because “in reality that is true.”
Our nation does so much for so many. No other country in the world is as prolific in giving (of money, time, talent and resources) than America. In fact, the United States is the most charitable nation to have ever existed on this planet – both by the sheer amount of our charitable giving and by the amount per person that we give. This streak of generosity even runs through our national government, as no other nation can claim to spend what our nation spends in funding for other peoples.
But perhaps we are being generous with the wrong people. Perhaps we should stop funding nations who allow this kind of abuse of people who are so like us? Perhaps we should stop giving our hard earned money to nations like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Kuwait, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, etc, etc, etc… and perhaps we should start using that money to rescue our fellow Christians?
The most recent studies still find that some 80% of Americans claim to be Christians. That means by any orthodox definition that the people being beaten, robbed, raped, tortured and murdered on a daily basis in Syria, Iraq and other Muslim nations are spiritual siblings of 80% of our nation! Most Americans have a much closer connection to these poor and abused souls than we do to the people who are actually getting our money – and it is time that that stopped.
We have been praying, we have contacted our local representatives… now it’s time we stop funding the very people who are killing our brothers and sisters. Christians in the Muslim World deserve better from us. They deserve our compassion, our solidarity and our willingness to demand action from our government.
We DEMAND that our government stop giving our money to the Muslim nations who so willingly trample the rights and lives of our fellow Christians. Given the chance they would do exactly the same to us.
We have tried hard to keep our brothers and sisters in the Middle East at the forefront of your mind. A couple of weeks ago we told you about how ISIS was painting the Arabic letter N on the homes and businesses of Christians, eerily similar to what the Nazi’s did to European Jews some 70+ years ago. In fact, some of you wrote and told us that you didn’t like the Arabic letter we were using as our social media profile picture – until we explained it simply expressed our solidarity with Christians being persecuted in the Muslim world.
We will continue to speak out, fight for and beg for allies in the war to defend our Christian brothers and sisters. We are not ashamed to call these brave and beaten down people our family. So many have already been martyred for our faith and we weep at the loss of each and every one of them. But their lives inspire us to fight ever harder and to yell ever louder… the world must know what is happening to them! Please tell everyone you know. Please call your representatives. Please DEMAND that your politicians join our fight and that they join it NOW.