A call for help has gone out from Christians living in Iraq.
They are contacting the European Parliament and reaching out to other western governments, asking for help as they experience a systematic religious cleansing.
Al Queda in Iraq has called Christians, "legitimate targets" who would be killed "wherever they can be found."
Christian denominations in the country include; Chaldeans, Syrian Catholics, Assyrians and evangelicals. Some trace their origins to the earliest years of Christianity.
The majority of these Christians live in what is known as the Nineveh Plain, a rural area near Mosul.
A letter sent out by Christian leadership in Syria last Monday outlines the reality these Christians are facing in Iraq. It is sobering.
The letter said in part:
“Their conditions are no longer bearable, the people are living behind locked doors, they are compelled to take long leaves of absence from work, in Mosul and other cities, as a result of the dangers they face at work,” the letter said. “The universities are almost empty of Christian students, as are the schools. In some of the cities even the streets are almost empty of Christians.”
Those close to the situation, say there is no Obama policy for these people, not even a safe-haven or refugee policy, designed to help Iraqi Christians as they face being killed for their faith.
CNSNEWS has written a detailed article on this matter. I suggest you read it. Then do two things:
* Pray for these Christian brothers and sisters.
* Thank God for the freedoms we have in this country. And remember why we have them.
While we are sometimes frustrated because we can't find the right gift at Target, for the right price, there are those who are themselves "The Target" of religious cleansing, simply because they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and have embraced Him as their Savior---their Messiah.
Be Thankful. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Free. Be Blessed.
Faith and Freedom
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