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How long will we be silent?

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Think for a moment what it would be like if you or I were snug in our cozy house or apartment in an American suburb where we have lived comfortably, safely, securely. Suddenly, a terrorist representing ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) pounds on our front door, wielding an axe and shouting, “Flee, convert, or die.”

You don’t know what to do – this can’t be happening. This is America. We don’t have barbaric situations like that here. But the axe-wielding thug repeats his threat, “Flee, convert, or die.”

What will you do? How will it be to leave your home of many years, perhaps with just the clothes on your back, gathering your family members with you to run for the hills, or in the case of the Kurds, to a desert mountain with no water, food, or shelter from the baking sun?

As the Iraqi Christians are doing, you cry out for help, you cry to God. He is there but He allows your family to flee these enemies and take refuge in the hills that are so very lacking in resources. The home you leave behind is warm, clean, comfortable, and has a refrigerator and cabinets full of food and clean water running right from your tap. Your home is your refuge. It is safe. You grow flowers in the summer and shovel snow in the winter. Neighborhood children pass your house as they walk to the school bus stop. You have never been burglarized, vandalized or threatened, or even if you have, that incident is tame compared to the death threats you face today.

You wonder, Will anyone stand with us? Will anyone stop what is happening to us? Or is everyone too occupied with his or her own safety, comfort, and prosperity to take the risk to help me? Surely the Iraqi Christians are wondering this now.

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

When will we in America end our silence and speak out about the horrible things being done both to our own once-great nation and around the world? I hope and pray that when we do, it will not be too late.

 

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