I just watched a statement from President Obama regarding the murder of journalist James Foley. With great care the president condemned ISIL for its horrendous act… and with great care once again he failed to mention ISIL’s systematic slaughter of Christians.
I don’t want to dissect the president’s thinking. I want to voice my intense disappointment. Not just from him. It’s making the news… but barely. If the news was hundreds of thousands of Jews, maybe that would warrant something more. But when it is Christians… the silence is deafening.
Ironically, it is a Jewish leader who is calling out the media:
WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.
We keep avoiding the obvious… and it’s getting incredibly obvious as to WHY.
We are called to take heart… to keep our eyes on Jesus… and understand that the world hated him and he was clear on this: they would also hate his followers.
It doesn’t take away all the disappointment I feel right now, though.