Sunday, April 11, 2010

Helping Christians Facing Persecution: Middle East Concern

Persecution takes many forms – from oppression and discrimination to denial of constitutional and internationally acknowledged freedoms. Essentially, persecution is the deliberate suppression of an idea or belief.
Christians in the Middle East North Africa region have been discriminated against, marginalised, detained, imprisoned, tortured, and even killed for their faith in Jesus Christ. Often theirs is a silent suffering – cut off from family and Christian fellowship and vulnerable to abuse by State security forces and extremist groups.

At MEC we believe that as Christians we are called to stand with those who are persecuted. Persecution is essentially unjust. Therefore, the Christian concerned for God’s justice will either face persecution him/herself, or be faced with having to respond to the injustice visited on someone else. Dealing with injustice is part of the calling of the Christian life. By their very relationship with God and the world, Christians will be faced with injustice.

"Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." (Hebrews 13:3)