Persecution of Christians

The persecution of Christians in the Middle East

It’s a pity there is virtually no meaningful or informative conversation taking place in the United States about the widespread persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East. Muslims in America scream and howl at the slightest provocations, yet in the face of the tragic genocide against Christians throughout the Islamic world and the ‘final solution’ for the Christians of the Middle East, we hear nothing. Prominent Muslim leaders in the United States and Western Europe remain silent, while Christian Churches in the Middle East are attacked and burned, and Christians are murdered in the streets.

Assyrian, Coptic, and Antiochian Christians are suffering some of the worst persecution in history. Christians are leaving the Middle East by the hundreds of thousands, and those who can not leave are facing a genocide that is without precedence, yet the West continues in a state of denial. Linked to the above is the growing problem of Muslim youth engaging in jihadist terror activity that is being brushed off in the West. Anyone who dares speak out is accused of being “Islamophobic”, forgetting what the root word, “phobic” means. We dare not speak the fact that the root of the problem resides within Islam itself.

It is time we speak out in defense of our fellow Christians in the Middle East, as that which is happening in Islamic countries is now becoming standard fare for the West. The jihadist attacks taking place in the cities of Western Europe, are not happening because Westerners have failed to demonstrate the superiority of their Western culture, but because the Quran is filled with directives to kill “unbelievers”.

The West will not be safe simply because we refuse to keep our collective heads out of the sand. We must pray for our brothers and sisters throughout the Middle East, and we must speak out in truth, and with courage, lest we be responsible for a genocide that threatens the entire Christian populations in the lands that saw the rise of Christianity in the very beginning. We must not be like the silent German citizens, who refused to speak out when their Jewish neighbors were being rounded up, and sent to the death camps.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Saturday June 10, 2017 / May 28, 2017
Adoposis of Pentecost. Tone seven.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

Venerable Nicetas, bishop of Chalcedon (9th c.).
St. Ignatius, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1288).
Venerable Helen of Diveyevo (1832).
New Hieromartyr Macarius, Dyonisius, Hieromartyr Nicholas deacon, Martyrs Ignatius and Peter (1931).
New Hieromartyr Heraclius confessor (1936).
Virgin-Martyr Hermogenas (1942).
St. Eutychius, bishop of Melitene (1st c.).
Martyrs Heliconis and Dapni of Thessalonica (244).
Hieromartyr Helladius, bishop in the East (6th-7th c.).
“Nikeysky” (304), “Chukhlomsky” (Galich) (1350), “Orlovsky”, “Antiochsky” and “Tenderness” Icons of the Mother of God.
New Martyr Mitros (Demetrius) of Tripolitsa (1794) (Greek).
New Hieromartyr Zachariah of Prusa (1802) (Greek).
Venerable Sophronius, monk, of Bulgaria (1510) (Bulgaria).
St. Germanus, bishop of Paris (576) (Gaul).
Martyrs Crescens, Paul, and Dioscorides of Rome (326) (Greek).
St. William of Languedoc (812) (Gaul).
St. Gerontius, metropolitan of Moscow (1489).
St. Andrew the fool-for-Christ of Constantinople (911).

The Scripture Readings

Romans 1:7-12

7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Desire to Visit Rome

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, 10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

Matthew 5:42-48

42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Rt. Rev. Father Tryphon is abbot of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. The Monastery is under the omophore of The Rt. Rev. Bishop Theodosy of Seattle, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for the mention of the persecution of the Christians in the Middle East.
    I have been following it since the USA invaded Iraq in 2003.
    Since the start of ISIS in 2011, I have made efforts to donate to groups helping Christian refugees in Northern Iraq. I found Samaritan’s Purse was a way to help. That is as probably know is Franklin Graham’s organization.
    The civil war in Syria actually started off in 2011 with the murders of any Christians in the Assad government including even the families of those officials. Attacks on all Christians was common.
    2 Greek Orthodox Bishops were kidnapped almost 5 years ago and their Deacon was murdered. They have not been heard of since. Al nusta are the alleged kidnappers.
    The Orthodox Christian Charities is operating a refugee camp in Lebanon for any Syrian refugees. They appear to be very involved with this.
    I have following the posts of a French charity We Are Hero’s operating in free Aleppo ( freed by Assad’s Army, local militias and the Russians). They have interviews with many liberated Syrians… Shia Muslims and Christian children and adults. What horrid stories those poor children tell. One boy named George was actually shaking with fear as he kept watching around himself. He brought me to tears.
    When I say freed I mean that ISIS and the American backed rebels have Been driven off and in the case of the Rebels… Cease fires and peace agreements have been derived by Russia and Turkey. ISIS has been defeated in many places with Russian air power and missiles andnthe Syrian army and local militias.
    I know the Russians have provide field hospitals, clean water, food and clothing… Oh toys as well to thousands of freed people in towns and villages all over the Country.
    I attend a Greek Orthodox Church and our priest’s wife has family in Syria.
    She is able to telephone them every so often. They are in Damascus.
    I pray often for victims of war everywhere. I donate as much as I can.
    Thank you for your words of kindness and inspiration.

  2. It’s a horror what’s going on to Christians in the Middle East, and it’s appalling that it’s hardly talked about in the USA! Here in America we have Muslim apologists like Reza Aslan who become irate when people make an association between Islam and terrorism, while almost never uttering a single word in defense of the Christians who ARE the victims of Islamic violence. Their agenda is obvious and disgraceful.

  3. Dear Father
    It’s late at night here’s in Australia but before I go to sleep I feel so strongly about what you have written and I must reply.
    Thank you so much for saying what you have. I am appalled , saddened and frightened by the situation we are in.
    You have spoken out where so many (and that includes the Pope) has I my opinion failed us miserably in witnessing to the annihilation of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle east and elsewhere as well.
    What you have said is ,I believe, spot on.
    I applaud you for your honestly in speaking the truth.
    Thank you so much .
    Please never stop speaking the truth to us and God bless you for your courage.
    My heart bleeds to see what is happening.

  4. Thank you for your words in defense of Christians in the Middle East (a problem that is also present in countries like Nigeria and Indonesia). I have often wondered why the imams who say that Islam is not a violent religion don’t do more to address these persecutions with their communities. I believe this would go a long way to curbing terrorism and persecution, but it’s almost never mentioned. I was hoping that after the terror attacks in England and France and Egypt and many other countries, the imams of those countries (and the U.S.) would speak out and try to keep their flocks from perpetrating violent acts. Is there any way that ecumenical organizations can reach out to the imams? In the meantime, I will continue to pray for all Christians being persecuted throughout the world, and to donate to charities that help them.

      1. Correct. The Koran teaches Muslims that a man, Muhammed is the only ever perfect man and that Christians are big sinners because we believe Christ is both True God and True Man.

        1. Believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

          The Koran teaches them violence against any person who will not convert or join their political-religious system.
          The imans are nothing greater than the Koran.
          Muslims suffer from their fellow Muslims should they sincerely have friendship with any non-Muslim. In Iraq when ISIS was taking over ,several Muslims attempted to help their Christian neighbors escape Mosul…and Isis. They were reported by other Muslim neighbord to ISIS and they were killed by the radicals. We also know that some Muslims in. Mosul bought Christian children and young girls from ISIS to keep them from further harm. In the past two weeks several children have been returned to their parents who escaped to Kurdish territory.
          So not all Muslims are as strict as others even under threat of death.

          The radical ones remind me of Oliver Cromwell whom it is said: That he had great
          knowledge of the religious law, but not its Christian LOVE and compassion.
          I noted that today, June 11, is the rememberence of Constantine VII, the last
          Byzantine Emperor, 1454 killed by the invading Turks. Pray and ask him to pray for us . It does appear that we in the West face an invading force which tests our will and our civilation. The weakness of our citizens may very well lie in their lack of fidelity to Christ .

          Perhaps in the West we should encourage our people to return to the Christian faith of our our nation’s founders. That we may make a plea to our Lord for help and salvation .

    1. Oliver,
      How do you know if the Pope as well as so many others have not spoken out or defended and come to the rescue of Middle Eastern Christians at this so horrific time?
      I am simply suggesting that pointing to another’s unknown deeds is not according to the “will of God” or the “Following Jesus” Christian Way!
      Too many Orthodox Christians point to Pope Francis, or the Pope in General as an enemy. Lord Jesus have mercy on all of us in our discriminatory and judgmental words and attitudes!
      Jesus Christ did promise that there would be persecutions, wars, cosmic calamities …. and that He is with us through it all!
      It is for us to be “faithful and true” for God’s Love is Everlasting!

  5. Yes we must talk the truth. Several years ago I started reading the Koran to know and understand their thoughts.
    It was difficult to read – I read the bible afterwars 3 times longer – but when I reached that I would be killed if I did not convert after reading it all – I paused and reflected. – Then a person rang me from US – a missionary who was told I read it, she called me up and said: Do not read it. So that settled it. And yes It says a lot about killing the unbelievers, yes. Actually I could not see the peace they talk about. Then people might say that in the old testament they killed too – but this is about the actual time, so it is not the same thing. Denial is a strange thing. I am grateful for you saying the Truth. It is rare nowadays

  6. Oliver,
    How do you know if the Pope as well as so many others have not spoken out or defended and come to the rescue of Middle Eastern Christians at this so horrific time?
    I am simply suggesting that pointing to another’s unknown deeds is not according to the “will of God” or the “Following Jesus” Christian Way!
    Too many Orthodox Christians point to Pope Francis, or the Pope in General as an enemy. Lord Jesus have mercy on all of us in our discriminatory and judgmental words and attitudes!
    Jesus Christ did promise that there would be persecutions, wars, cosmic calamities …. and that He is with us through it all!
    It is for us to be “faithful and true” for God’s Love is Everlasting!

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