As I was trying hard to think of something to post for today, Daisy happened to wonder why we heard so much news of the horrific attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, yet no one reported on horrific attacks in Nigeria over the past couple of days.
I know the world’s views have shifted farther and farther away from legitimate unbiased ‘reporting’, and if it can fit a narrative, the higher the casualties, the bigger the headlines. It’s always been that way and always will. Whatever sells or gains clicks. And yet for a few years now I’ve wondered out loud why the western media is so quiet when it comes to Christian persecution, when the casualties have been huge?
During reporting for Open Doors 2018 World Watch List, 3,066 Christians were killed, 1,252 were abducted, 1,020 were raped or sexually harassed, and 793 churches were attacked. And this specifically because they were Christians.
Let me be clear on the brutal murders of 49 (latest count) in Mosques in New Zealand, it was an evil act perpetrated by an evil stone hearted group of people who will hopefully pay a high price for what they did. My prayers go out to the victims’ families and all involved. Yet, evil stone hearted people have been raping, torturing, selling/trafficking woman and children, and murdering Christians by the thousands every year, with hardly a peep about it. Why?
I believe there are a few valid reasons, mostly from a Biblical perspective looking at a secular world, but also because Christianity has been painted as a Western ‘religion’, and has been marginalized by leftists and others for years as a main cause of the world’s ills including slavery, xenophobia, being somehow anti women, homophobic and anti science (global warming deniers, anti environment etc.). Therefore, any Christians murdered, is no big loss.
When Daisy posed the question why no one reported on Nigeria, I’m ashamed that I had to google it, because I had no idea anything had happened. I found this article at American Spectator, and the author brings up a few good points as well. A few years ago I posed the question why the western media was ignoring Christian persecution… the same question can be posed year after year it seems. I don’t quote secular music often, but this song is fitting still three years later….
What do you think?
Now onto a little lighter stuff for Saturday. I heard about this ‘game’ on the radio earlier this week. I’m not much of a game player, but some questions are worth pondering and hearing what folks would ‘rather’. It’ll be interesting to see what you all come up with 🙂
Would you rather (explain why too!)
Experience Pentecost or be with the Disciples when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection ?
See David defeat Goliath or Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego survive the fiery furnace?
Be baptized by John the Baptist or hear Paul speak to a crowd about Jesus?
Hide spies in your house or hide a baby from Pharaoh?
Watch Jesus heal a blind man or watch Jesus walking on water?
If you could only see one day, which day of creation would you rather see?
My song pick for today…. because while it’s harder some days than others, learning to walk by faith is opening my eyes to the wonders that God provides if we let Him.
Have a blessed Saturday all!