Monday, December 3, 2007

60 Minutes: Dire Times for Iraq's Christians

On Sunday, December 2, 2007, the U.S. news program, 60 Minutes, aired a segment about Christians being persecuted in Iraq.

The story begins with reporter Scott Pelley setting the scene in Iraq, "From the time of Jesus, there have been Christians in what is now Iraq. The Christian community took root there after the Apostle Thomas headed east.

But now, after nearly 2,000 years, Iraqi Christians are being hunted, murdered and forced to flee -- persecuted on a biblical scale in Iraq's religious civil war."

A priest stationed in Iraq was interviewed about how the remaining Christians must worship in secret, for fear of being killed.

Another young man talked about how his family would go to church in shifts, so that if half the family was killed in a church bombing, the remaining half would still be alive.

As my pastor recently commented, we as Christians really don't know what its like to persecuted for our faith.

After looking at the 60 Minutes story, I will start praying for Christians all over the globe, who are persecuted for their belief in Christ.

You can view more info about the 60 Minutes story at the CBS News site:

Please have a blessed day and tell somebody that you love them.

Your Brother in Christ,

Steven Kendall