By Matt Smethurst, The Gospel Coalition
Genocide. Christians in areas of the Middle East that have been overrun by ISIS confirm that’s exactly the situation they’re facing. The radical group has left destruction in its wake, robbing people of their homes, money, medication, and, in some instances, their very lives.
But amid this persecution there is the light of gospel hope. In the latest edition of our Going Deeper with TGC podcast, Mark Mellinger speaks with Brother Victor, a Christian leader in the Middle East who has been in the center of the storm, working to help believers who have been forced to flee their homes and have lost all or most of their earthly possessions. “The trauma is indescribable,” Brother Victor says. Yet through their tears and pain, Middle Eastern believers are taking comfort that this hardship confirms the authenticity of their faith. They are seeing the Lord bring about scores of conversions. And they are prayerfully hoping they will be able to return to the houses and church buildings they’ve been forced to vacate.
In this 17-minute interview, you’ll hear Brother Victor describe the difficulty of the situation in detail.
Listen to the interview here …
Take the time to listen to this brother. He made a comment which really struck me about what we as Christians in the West need to do: React to this persecution in the Spirit, don’t react in the flesh. Bombs and bullets is not the answer to this persecution. Pray and pray again. We dare not forget our brothers and sisters in Christ in this their time of trial and testing!