Middle East Christians desiring to escape persecution there by fleeing to the U.S. are the object of de facto discrimination, while the religious group that persecutes them — Muslims — receive de facto preferential status.
ISIS is targeting Christian and Yazidi minorities in a horrific, relentless, genocidal campaign of torture, slaughter, rape, and slavery in the Syrian Middle east. The sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shia Muslims has given all Muslims cover to destroy Christian communities there. Yet both the United Nations and the executive branch of the U.S. government refuse to prioritize aid to any specific religious group.
This claim of neutrality, however, is violated in practice with disastrous consequences for Christians. For example, the U.N. has turned a blind eye to the persecution of Christians taking place in refugee camps. Muslim refugees threaten Christians, promising that if the Christians apply for asylum through the United Nations, then they will suffer.
10,000 Muslim refugees vs. 47 Christians
One result of this is that in fiscal year 2016, the United States accepted over 10,000 Syrian refugees…about 98 percent of whom are Sunni Muslims. The Pew Research Center found, based on data analyzed from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center, that more Muslims have been admitted to the U.S. in 2016 than any other year on record. Only around 47 Syrian Christians were given refugee status, and even fewer Yazidi (at last count, only 14).
There are many factors in this heartbreaking situation, but one of them is the blatant, pro-Islam bias of U.N. leaders and the current U.S. administration. Syrian Christians who have lost all their earthly goods, been mistreated and starved by ISIS jihadists, and then seemingly forsaken by our government need the comfort and sustenance of the Bread of Life and the Holy Spirit.
“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.” — Hebrews 10:32
10/8 — Pray for Christian victims of ISIS persecution to turn to Christ for the ability to love those who malign them.
10/9 — Pray for a change of policy and action by our government toward the Islamic persecution of Christians.
10/10 — Pray all the more for the Muslim refugees in the U.S. to hear the Gospel and come to saving faith in Jesus.
10/11 — Pray that the ongoing atrocities committed by ISIS’ ruthless and bloodthirsty campaign will cease.
10/12 — Pray that through His abiding power Christian refugees will display the fruits of the Spirit in all things, and not grow weary and discouraged from western refugee policies that discriminate against them.
10/13 — Ask God to shelter captured Christians in Syria, and preserve them as a remnant so as to be able to share the Gospel there.
10/14 — Pray for Christian refugees from Syria to take up the whole armor of God and praise Him continually and rest in His strength. Pray that they do not blame God for the coldness of ostensibly Christian western nations.
10/15 — Ask God to bring ISIS members to conviction of their own sin, true repentance, and faith in Christ alone.