A few months ago one of my co-workers spoke in Chapel about his testimony. He spoke of a crisis of faith when he was younger when he tried to understand the difference between him as a Christian kid growing up in the US vs a Muslim kid growing up in the Middle East. I didn't really think much of that contrast at the time...until this week.
History is repeating itself, but the image is a little different. Names and places we've read about in the Bible are back in the spotlight. Unthinkable, unimaginable horrors we've read about in history books are now in the center screen again. And these two places collide in what people are calling a Christian Holocaust, happening right now.
Tonight as I was putting my 7 year old daughter to bed tonight we kept up with our regular bedtime routine. We read a story, prayed together, read the Bible, talked about it a bit, and then said goodnight. Tonight's verse was Hebrews 11, a chapter dedicated to the Heroes of the Faith from long ago. We talked about what faith meant to her, how she knew God was real, and what her faith looked like.
As I said goodnight and closed the door, it hit me. In a few weeks she goes to public school and I've been nervous. I'm afraid she'll get teased or won't have any friends. But tonight, this week, there are mothers, just an ocean away that believe in Jesus, just like I do, who have bigger fears. These mothers are afraid their children will be beheaded because of their faith. These mothers are afraid their children will starve to death because they had to flee. These mothers are afraid they will have to pick up their family, leaving everything behind, to run for their lives.
We believe in the same God, have the same Savior, but that ocean separates us from so much. But it does not have to separate me from helping or praying. Christianity Today posted an article today with practical ways we can help, check it out here.
Father, please calm these mother's fears. Please stop the senseless murders of your children, young and old. Father please be with those families and bring them your peace. Please bring relief and help to those nations and remove the threats that plague them and your people there. But Father please let this not last long and let it not spread any further. Amen.