According to an American Family Association report (http://www.afa.net/Detail.aspx?id=2147539915), here are some of the most egregious recent violence against those identified as Christians.
Sunday, September 22 – Peshawar, PAKISTAN
Islamic bombers mingled with Christians gathering after morning worship service at All Saints Church for dinner on the grounds. The Islamists blew themselves up, killing 90 Christians and injuring 120 more.
Sunday, September 29 – Potiskum, NIGERIA
Members of the Islamic radical group Boko Haram shot 50 college students and burned the school as the students slept in their dorms. Although the victims included both Christians and Muslim students, the name of the assassins, Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden.”
Saturday, September 21 – Nairobi, KENYA
Jihadist members of Somalia’s al-Shabab took hundreds of hostages and killed 67 Christians at the Westgate Mall, after people who identified themselves as Muslims, and who could give the name of Mohamed’s mother to leave.
Wednesday, September 18 – Maaloula, SYRIA
Islamists arriving in this 2000-year-old village, which is one of the only places in the world where Aramaic is still spoken, announced, “We are from the Al-Nusra Front and have come to make lives miserable for the Crusaders”; (an Islamic slur meaning Christians). After many deaths, the town was retaken by the Syrian Army, but only about 20 families remain.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 – Dorawa, NIGERIA
Jihadists killed a pastor and his son and burned their church in the northern state of Yobe where Islamists are attempting to impose Sharia law.
Wednesday, September 25 – Derna District, LIBYA
Two Christian men, Waleed Saad Shaker, age 25, and Nash ‘at Shenouda Ishaq, age 27, were traveling on a rural road when they were surrounded by a crowd of Muslim men. The Christians were robbed, tied up and beaten. Then the Muslims demanded that they recite the shahada, the declaration of conversion to Islam. When the Christians refused, they were shot. Shakar died before they were found by a shepherd. Ishaq died in hospital.
Lest we hide and think, “Never us,” remember our Lord’s words to the church in Smyrna. “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10) May we pray and speak while we can. May we understand that living in Christ is not a game. And may we remain faithful until death.