We expect non-believers not to be too worried about the ongoing persecution of Christians around the world. Indeed, some of them may in fact take some delight in this. But what is a real worry is the fact that so many Western Christians don’t seem to give a rip about this as well.

Every day Christians are being persecuted, tortured and put to death around the planet, yet we Western Christians act as if they don’t even exist. We don’t seem to care, and we don’t even seem to want to know about this. But we had better care, and we had better take some notice about this.

Jesus made it clear that what we did to the suffering brethren we do to him. We have an obligation to be aware of what is happening and at least pray. But much more can be done. However the first step is to snap out of our ignorance and apathy.

There are plenty of groups which report on the suffering church, such as Barnabas Fund and Open Doors. And there are plenty of examples taking place right now of horrendous persecution of Christians. Let me just focus on one such example, quoting from a recent article:

“Radical Muslims in Africa’s Ivory Coast are perpetrating a massacre on Christians while the Obama administration stands by and does nothing, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports. Now, Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara’s largely Muslim forces have kept Christian Laurent Gbagbo, the current president, in his Abidjan residence under siege.

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