The Hagia Sophia (pictured above) is easily one of the most iconic buildings in the world, and easily recognized as a Turkish landmark situated in Istanbul.
Originally constructed as a Greek Orthodox church in 537 AD, and converted to a mosque when Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II conquered Constantinople in 1453, it is now a museum.
Unlike this beautiful monument of architectural beauty, many churches are being destroyed throughout the Middle East, along with their Christian heritage and its people.
Articles like these tell the story:
- Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery Destroyed by Islamic State
- Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East
- Thousand Churches Destroyed in Nigeria
- ISIS Burns 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul
It’s not just churches. People are fleeing from their homes with just the clothes on their backs all throughout Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, and many other locations being threatened by Islamic terrorism. Some are even getting killed while they try to escape.
Nonetheless, the perpetrators of the atrocities are offered every excuse in the book to excuse — or at least explain-away — their despicable behavior. Some crazy theories go so far as to claim global warming as a possible cause.
When a news outlet like CNN has to be shamed into changing its reporting about a terror attack in Tel-Aviv this week, it’s evident something needs to change.
Millions are feeling the impact. To be clear, Christians aren’t the only ones suffering. Muslims and Jews are attacked, as well.
The aggressors are equal-opportunity offenders. Unfortunately, we know from scripture that these things must happen.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, ‘O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth? Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. (Revelation 6:9-11 ESV)
Please pray for the millions of displaced people being persecuted throughout the world for their faith.