One thing I feel compelled to keep talking about is the plight of Christians in various parts of the world who are being persecuted.
Just last Sunday, ISIS released a 5-minute video showing the simultaneous beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians all lined up on a beach in Libya.
I saw the video in its entirety and it’s the most gruesome thing I’ve ever seen. Amazingly, all 21 martyrs looked calm and composed. No one cried out in anguish or wished to renounce their faith. Several of them seemed to be praying in the moments before their death.
It wasn’t a guillotine-type of beheading – quick & painless. Instead, the murderers used 10-inch knives to slice through the martyr’s necks in a sawing motion. Once the heads were severed, they were then placed on top of the bodies for close-up viewing. The video ended with quarts of blood being washed into the sea.
Monday morning, the NBC Today show devoted ten times more airtime to reporting on the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live (SNL) than it did on this important news event. This is a prime example of the trivialization of the news.
Moreover, the Obama administration, while denouncing the beheadings, refused to acknowledge that the victims were Christians brutally murdered by Muslim extremists in the name of their religion. Instead, the previous week, the president warned Christians not to get on their “high horse” in criticizing Muslims.
Franklin Graham wondered aloud how the world would have responded had it been 21 Muslims killed by Christians. Being that it was the other way around, it barely made a ripple in the public’s consciousness.
Jesus said the following on the night before His crucifixion:
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:18-20)