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3 Ways to Unite with the Middle Eastern Persecuted

“With men, women, and children being martyred in the Middle East for their faith, how can we Americans stand in solidarity with them?”

I was asked this question recently on a radio program, and have continued to ponder it over the past week. Through it we see a beautiful witness to the human heart and its longing to be united with those who are suffering. That’s love. That’s Jesus.

So what do we do? It’s easier than you think.

1. Pray and fast for persecuted Christians and non-Christians, and pray for our enemies daily. So often the response to prayer is “Oh, that’s nice. How about something practical.” Prayer unites our hearts to God, and it is precisely in this unity that the spirit moves us to deliver in the “practical” corporal works of mercy. If we jump immediately to the practical, what tends to happen is we go online, buy a bag of rice, and then get on with our day feeling justified. The practical without prayer easily corrupts our motives for good towards serving our own emotional justification. It can also lead easily to a demonization of our enemy. How many times have you heard in the last week something along the lines of “Those monsters in ISIL have a special place in hell?” Tempting as it may be, they are the ones who need our prayers most. I assure you the Middle Eastern Christians are praying for the conversion of ISIL. We unite God’s kingdom in prayer. Continue Reading…

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