Sunday, August 05, 2007

Christian Hostages and Martyrs

In an article titled "The Martyrs No One Cares About" Michelle Malkin says:

"The blood of innocent Christian missionaries spills on Afghan sands. The world watches and yawns. The United Nations offers nothing more than a formal expression of "concern." Where is the global uproar over the human rights abuses unfolding before our eyes?"

Read her thoughts here. Are we indeed considered "other?"


Ruth said...

This will probably get me into trouble but martyrdom is the price of spreading the Gospel. Martyr's blood is what builds the church. I don't approve of what the jihadists are doing but I can understand why the Lord is allowing it

I also understand why so many people ignore what is happening. There is a drought in Darfur that is being ignored by the news media. Many more people are dying there yet no one cares about them either. How many Christian publications are keeping the deaths of those in Darfur on their front pages?

If you were a Wiccan or pagan, or lesbian or gay, or street walker or street person, what is your experience with Christians? Do they befriend you or hole up in their churches? Do they feed you as long as you listen to their sermons? How are you treated by the Christians that you know?

The Korean Christians are probably the kind of Christians who truly care about their fellow human beings and don't deserve what is happening to them, but most people in the US are used to seeing Christians feeling like martyrs because they can't open football games with a Christian prayer and who will only help someone if they are either Christian or willing to convert. Why should they care?

chartreuseova said...

I was thinking somewhat along the same lines as Ruth.

The blood of innocents (and they aren't all Christians) is being spilled around the world...the world watches and yawns. It isn't about Christian martyrs. It's about the world's disregard for life. There is no respect for life, the fact the God loves jihadists, Islamic mothers & babies, starving Hindus, gang members, and all Christians regardless of political views. I got the impression that Malkin thought these martyrs "deserved" more concern because, "These are true practitioners of a religion of peace, not the hate-mongers with bombs and AK-47s strapped to their chests who slay instead of pray their way to martyrdom"....I don't believe that. I believe ALL life deserves more concern because we are God's. As a country, a world, and even as a religious faith; we seem to have lost sight of that.

Jeni said...

When my kids where growing up and I would tell them to do something, often getting a blank stare from them in response, I frequently would ask "Do you understand me? What language do you speak so I can tell you in a way you will comprehend." And, it is that type of attitude my kids often had that I sometimes feel about people, mainly of the Muslim faith, when they do these atrocious things in the name of Allah, who supposedly preaches peace and love. What language do you speak? Is it the same language used in the book you profess gives you the tenets of your faith? If so, how can you kill, maim and terrorize others in the name of Allah -and love?
That's part of my understanding of things. I also agree with both the other posters here about how we see and yet we don't see and feel things in the light we should be using.