Why Don't Christian Lives Matter?

Undoubtedly, at some point over the last year or so, you have been exposed to the Black Lives Matter campaign. You would be hard pressed not to have come across it in one way or another. They have been consistent in their vocal messaging and the media has promoted their efforts. I honestly have no qualms with black lives. As a Christian, I believe all lives matter. My question is, why don't Christian lives matter? Why isn't there a Christian Lives Matter campaign that is just as vocal? A couple of recent news stories should aid in setting up the piece.

The first story, involves Harambe, the gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo. As you may recall, a four year old boy somehow managed to get into the showing area of Harambe, and ended up dragging the boy around the shallow water. It was a tragic story, and it was unfortunate that the gorilla had to be killed in order to save the child's life. That news story received six times more air time than the Islamic State beheading Christians. I would ask, as tragic as the Cincinnati Zoo story was, aren't Muslims beheading Christians even more tragic and appalling?

The second story, involves the numbers of Syrian Refugees being admitted to the United States. Since the start of fiscal year 2016, which began in October, there have been a total of 2,235 Syrian Refugees admitted to America. Of those, only 10 have been Christians. The vast majority of the refugees admitted thus far are Sunni Muslims. Now, you might ask, what percentage of Syria is actually made up of Christians? The answer is 10%. That would mean, with some quick and easy math, there should have been at least 200 or so Christians admitted, not just ten. The Obama Administration wants to admit 10,000 Syrian Refugees to America by the end of September. What are the odds that there will be a total of a 1,000 Christians in that final batch of refugees? Judging by the current figures, I would say the odds are quite low indeed.

So why don't Christian lives matter? I believe there are several factors. First of all, the media has a certain template and it doesn't involve taking up the just cause of Christians. They have consistently done a disservice to Christians over the years and tend to promote and lean towards more anti-Christian messages. Secondly, the Obama Administration has failed to lead the way in support of Christians. In fact, they have continued to go out of their way to push and back Muslims and have done little to address the genocide of Christians by the Islamic State and Boko Haram. Thirdly, America has changed morally and ethically and has drifted further and further away from God. Moral relativism is the prevailing theme of the day. Lastly, I think the majority of the blame falls on Christians themselves. Too many Christians turn the other cheek and sit idly by. When other faiths and ethnic groups are attacked or targeted, they speak up loudly and make a full-scale marketing strategy to combat the attack.  Christians may whimper a bit, but more often than not, they go quietly into the night.

Christian lives matter, my friends. Too many people looked away and ignored the genocide that was taking place under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime in the 1930's and 40's.  By the end, six million Jews were killed. How quickly we forget. How quickly we fail to remember and learn from history. This is a wake-up call to my fellow Christians in America and throughout our world. There is a definite war against Christians. They are being persecuted and slaughtered daily. It is our moral duty to shout and scream and stand up as one in the body of Christ. If we remain silent, if we fail to act, then we are as guilty as those who remained silent as the Jewish people were slaughtered.


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