Three Religious Leaders, Three Very Different Words In Response To Persecution

Logo 071414Recognizing that how we speak as Christians matters profoundly–we serve a living Word–let’s give some thought to three very different words in response to persecution from three very different religious leaders:

1. Archbishop Bashar Warda, Catholic Chaldean Church in Kurdistan, speaking on the situation of the decimation of the Christian population of Iraq.

We don’t have much time left as Christians in this region… As a Catholic I find it hard to say, but I want military action, there is no other way now.

2. Mordecai, a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, speaking to Esther on the event of the discovery of a plot by Haman the Agagite to exterminate the Jewish population.

The fact is, even if you remain silent now, someone else will help and rescue the Jews, but you and your relatives will die.

3. Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, issuing a statement on the ISIS execution of  21 Coptic Christians in Libya.

While it may seem illogical or incomprehensible, we also pray for those who have carried out these horrific crimes, that the value of God’s creation and human life may become more evident to them, and in this realisation, that the wider effects of pain brought by this and other acts of brutality may be realised and avoided….
In the midst of this sorrow however, we must continue to dig deeper for the joy that comes from an understanding that this life is but a “vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14), and that true glory and joy are found in an eternal life prepared for all those who live in and for love and peace.
It is only through this understanding that we can continue to live according to the words of 1 Peter 3:15 as demonstrated in the life and witness of the Coptic Church and her children over centuries, “…always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is the former International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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1 Response to Three Religious Leaders, Three Very Different Words In Response To Persecution

  1. Mim says:

    Amazing! Same mentality that made me bawl my eyes out when I read ” we were the generations”. I’m so grateful for this content bc it’s so easy,as an American to just consume everything without pause. Even with intentionality I have big gaps that I’m blind to. Thank you for the trainings. I too work for a church and graduated from a bible college but was never taught the basics of love your enemies or serving In suffering and persecution . I was always so confused about why there was slavery in the bible and Paul even tells onesimus to go back to Philemon alebeit as a brother but he doesn’t tell him to not have him as a slave. I never saw it before to this capacity. Power under. Thank you

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