For instance, the U.K. Telegraph reported about a Burmese government document describing a plan for eradicating
Christianity in that country. The document began with the words “there shall be no home where the Christian religion
What followed were “point by point instructions on how to drive Christians out of the state.”
While the junta denied authorship of this specific document, it “made no public attempt to refute or repudiate
It could hardly do otherwise—its persecution of Burma’s Christian minority is well-documented. Christian churches
have been torn down and replaced by Buddhist pagodas; and Christians have been forced to financially support Buddhist projects
It gets worse: Christian children have been removed forcibly from their homes never to be seen again. And members of largely
Christian ethnic groups—the Chin, Lachin, and Karen—have been tortured by the Burmese army. Christian women are
gang-raped by soldiers, killed, and their mutilated bodies placed on display as a warning to others.
Not surprisingly, the treatment of Burmese Christians does not figure prominently in recent news reports about the Burmese
democracy campaign. Actually, their treatment scarcely registers at all.
I say “not surprisingly” because, sadly, the media has a blind spot when it comes to the persecution of Christians.
For instance, you can listen to several months’ worth of news about Iraq, and, with a few honorable exceptions, never
hear about the plight of Iraqi Christians. There was a similar journalistic silence about the treatment of Sudanese Christians
by that country’s Islamic-led government—until, that is, many of us staged a noisy campaign.
But this is why it is up to Christians to provide a more accurate picture of human rights around the world. And equipping
Christians to complete that picture is one of the goals of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. It will
be observed Sunday, November 11. The goal of this Day of Prayer is to unite citizen action to intercessory prayer on behalf
of our persecuted brethren.
Citizen action requires informed citizens, which is why I am telling you today and tomorrow about Christians who need your
help. Because when we are asked, “Where were you when the persecuted Church needed you?” I want you to be able
to say, “Right by their side.”
This is part one in a two-part series.(of Colson's at Breakpoint) Bold is Heypcs editing.