A Word for Our Brothers and Sisters
The news is full of stories of the riots in Egypt. Coptic Christians face persecution in the middle of it. The mobs burn their churches. Christians are being tortured and killed in the streets. But, that’s not the only place that persecution is occurring.
Pastor Saeed is being tortured in Iraq. Other Christians face persecution in China, North Korea and Islamic countries. Our own freedoms are slowly being whittled away.
God calls us to love one another and encourage each another. As writers, we can do that through our writing.
A Call to Action
What can you write to make people aware of the problem? How can you spur them to action?
Think of ways you can make people care about persecuted Christians around the world. Who can you interview? What stories can you share? Where can you get the most information?
Then, offer them concrete ways to help. Go beyond presenting the problem. If people feel helpless when you present such a big problem, you will lose them. Help them see that there are things they can do.
ACLJ, Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors are organizations that deal with this issue. They’re very good about sharing information.
News and Views
Coptic Christians and Pastor Saeed are in the news now. What can you write for your local newspaper? What can you write as an opinion piece or letter to the editor?
It’s not just Christians who need to know about the persecution of Christians. You can give the readership a perspective on Christian persecution that they may not have heard before.
Encouragement and Help
Many churches, religious organizations, Christian-owned businesses and individual Christians are feeling the pinch of persecution here at home. They’re not arrested or beaten but the persecution is real. Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A come to mind, but it’s not limited to these two large companies. It’s done in small ways to small companies, too. Tell their stories.
There are organizations that fight for the religious freedom of citizens. Show your readers where to find help. Write profiles on these frontline organizations.
What can you write to encourage readers who are being persecuted? How can you encourage them to stand strong? How can you help them deal with the discouragement they may feel?
Persecution is occurring around the world and in our own backyard. As writers, we can spread the word about the problem and point people to the help they need.
© Deborah Christensen
Photo from ACLJ.org
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