Open Doors USA says more than 1200 Christians were killed in Syria in 2013. Voice of the Martyrs thinks the number is close to 8,000. I don’t know who is right. I just know that Christians are being persecuted and killed in Syria. Apparently Pres. Obama couldn’t care less. Obama’s defenders will assert that he cares about the death of Christians. But notice his response during four recent events:
When a Christian reporter named James Foley was beheaded in Syria Pres. Obama made a quick statement and practically ran to the golf course.
When it was reported that a Christian aid worker named Kayla Muller was killed in Syria Pres. Obama trotted off to a fund raiser.
On the day that her death was confirmed he used a “selfie stick” to video himself.
When 21 Coptic Christians were killed in Libya Pres. Obama headed back to the golf course.
Around March 2014, the Hobby Lobby case was a hot topic in the news and three statements caught my attention:
Cardinal Leo Raymond Burke, the Vatican’s Chief Justice, said, “The policies of the President of the United States have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization.”
Rev. Franklin Graham said some people working in the Obama Administration are “anti-Christ in what they say and what they do.”
The Family Research Council issued a report that said there has been “a growing hostility to religion within the armed services in the last decade.”
(Note: Pres. Obama has been Commander in Chief for six of those ten years.) These statements barely touch on the actions of Pres. Obama, but we will move on.
In August 2014, the Obama Administration appointed a Muslim named Fatima Noor to be the Assistant Director for Citizenship and Immigration in the Department of Homeland Security. The fact that a Muslim holds this position may not have anything to do with it, but about four months later it was reported that several thousand Syrian Muslim refugees would soon be relocated to the U.S.
The U.S. would give these Muslims financial assistance and place them on a fast track to citizenship (along with their extended families). The U.S. planned to do this even though there was at least one report that the Islamic State had infiltrated the refugees that would be coming to America.
At the same time it was reported that Syrian Christian refugees would not be allowed to participate in the relocation program. Muslims, despite the possibility that some are Islamic State terrorists, would be relocated to the U.S., but Christians, despite the possibility that probably none of them would be a threat to anyone, would not be relocated to the U.S.
The relocated Muslims could probably be relocated to other Muslim countries, but Christians who would be left behind couldn’t, even though there is a real danger that they would be persecuted and killed in Syria.
About a week ago, it was reported that at least 220 Christians had been kidnapped over a three day period, hundreds had fled their homes and more than 3,000 were surrounded by Islamic State fighters. The U.S. condemned the kidnappings and called for the release of the Christians. But as far as I know that is all the U.S. did and most people doubt that anything will be done to help them. About 15 have been released, but the future of the others is bleak.
What difference does it make?
It probably doesn’t make any difference to Pres. Obama but to the parents of James Foley, Kayla Mueller and the 21 Coptic Christians it makes big difference; to the women who are raped over and over again it makes a big difference; to the mothers whose children have been taken to who knows where or who may be forced to marry an Islamic terrorists it matters a lot; to the wives whose husbands may be beheaded, burned or buried alive it is devastating; and to those in the U.S. who are concerned about Islamic terrorist attacks in our homeland it is a big deal.
Jesus was arrested, taken before the Jewish Sanhedrin, falsely accused, beaten, mocked and delivered unto Pontius Pilate (Matt. 26:57-27:24). Governor Pilate didn’t realize it, but he was on trial just as much as Jesus was. The Governor even questioned Jesus, had Jesus beaten and three times he declared that Jesus had done nothing wrong.
Pilate could have released Jesus, but he did not. He “took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it” (Matt. 27:24). He had the power to help Jesus, but he didn’t. He said he was innocent, but most don’t agree.
In fact, for almost 2,000 years, Christians have said Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried” (see the Apostle’s Creed). Pilate didn’t drive the nails into the body of Jesus and he washed his hands, but for generations multitudes have still declared that he is guilty.
This is the point: Many Christians believe if we can save the lives of others we should. Many also believe that if we have the power to save lives and we don’t do it, we may not have killed them but we have participated in their death by doing nothing.
By helping Muslims and denying help to Christians solely because of their faith, Pres. Obama is anti-Christ in his actions. He hasn’t kidnapped, killed or sold Christian children into slavery, but he is guilty because he has the power to do something about it and he won’t.
Instead of lecturing Christians about getting on their “high horse” he needs to spend less time on the golf course, stop the selfies and start doing something to help the Christians that are being killed by Islamic terrorists.
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck