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This is what I was talking about all along

On more than one occasion I have taken issue with Christians in the U.S. whining about perceived “persecution” that they experience (here, here, here, and here) and have pointed out that our brothers and sisters around the world would rightly laugh at what we consider suffering for the faith.

If you want to know what modern persecution really looks like, consider recent events in India. In response to the murder of a Hindu leader by Maoist rebels (and no these are not those elusive Christian Maoists), Hindus have begun burning Christian meeting places, assaulting priests, and gang-raping nuns.

I tend to roll my eyes when people on the right or left complain about the big, bad media. In my experience, the criteria that most Americans use to distinguish good, objective reporting from biased reporting is whether or not the story in question supports or threatens their already-held assumptions. However, it is hard to not conclude that American media has completely dropped the ball on this. Consider this headline: Faiths Clash, Displacing Thousands in East India. The first line of the story states:

NEW DELHI — At least 3,000 people, most of them Christians, are living in government-run relief camps after days of Christian-versus-Hindu violence in eastern India, government officials said.

This doesn’t really sound like a clash to me; more like a religious rumble between Christians and Hindus. As Get Religion observes:

Now, if you read that this was “Christian-versus-Hindu violence” and then you read that the riots began with the death of a Hindu leader, what would you assume? Let’s see, that would be Christians attacking Hindus and a Hindu leader was killed, thus leading to violence in which Hindus responded to the violence against them.

Draw your own conclusions on this.

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7 Responses

  1. Preacherman says:

    Wonderful post.
    I found out last week that crucifixion has been approved and practiced by the government in Sudan. Hundred and thousands of Christians are being crucified. I think it is so sad. Amnesty international says it is definately religious genocide. Christians in America have no idea what real persecution is all about. I hope that we will see the faith and devotion of these Christian who are willing to sacrifice their lives for their faith. Thank you for bring this topic up.

  2. Jr says:

    I definately agree that Americans, have very little knowledge of what real (read, physical) persecution is – though it does take many forms besides the physical.
    I like to keep up with this page: http://www.christianpersecution.info/ to follow the types of actions being taken against our brothers and sisters around the world.

    And while it is sad I also find it glorious and uplifting to read these accounts because of what Paul reminds us of in Philippians 1:27b-29: “…I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake…”

    The second half of v.28 nails it. “This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.”

    The persecution is 1)a signal of the Holy Justice of destruction that is coming to the enemies of the Almighty, and 2)a signal of the inheritance that is sealed for the saints who stand firm. Praise God!

    Deuteronomy 32:35 “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.”
    Isaiah 59:18 “According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment.”
    Nahum 1:2 “The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.”

    Oh for that day to come!

  3. Kathi says:

    I think that American Christianity reflects an overall general American attitude which has no idea what suffering goes on in other parts of the world. Many of our poor have so much more than the poor of the world – we had folks come to the food pantry with cell phones that cost more than my entire day’s wardrobe! Etc. etc. I do not mean to judge – but it was an interesting observance on more than one occasion.

    For all of our lack of isolationism which we try to preach in America, we are isolated (by choice?) from the true, real, honest, difficult suffering and trials which those around the world are enduring. So whether it is Christians and Hindus being killed for their faith, or folks living on/in/near trash heaps near the TX/Mex border, etc. etc. – we look the other way. I guess it is not glamorous enough.

  4. odgie says:

    Preach – That is horrible! A friend of mine does medical missions in the Sudan, and he has some awful stories to tell.

    JR – Amen

    Kathi – You are right…these issues are not as glamorous as elections and trying to help ostensibly poor Americans.

  5. Job Xavier says:

    Proselytization and Conversion are FDI or foreign direct investment in India. Funded by organisations abroad, missionaries convert the poor by offering inducements. There is no altruism in the business.

  6. odgie says:

    Xavier – Even if that were true, it still wouldn’t justify what the Hindus are doing.

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