Tuesday, July 2, 2013

An Open Letter to Christians in Syria

I am writing this to assure you that not all Christians support the US government policy towards Syria. There is a small remnant of Christians who understand the evil that has come upon the world by the Muslim Wars—Sunni vs. Shia.  Caught in the middle of these wars are all other religions that must convert to Islam or face persecution and death.

In America among both liberals and conservatives there is the thought that the Syrian government must be replaced by a Sunni Muslim leadership to improve the human rights violations of the Assad leadership. This change in government is felt necessary, regardless of the hardship and death that many innocent Christians have experienced. My government and many of its leaders are anti-Christian and view the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood as a peaceful faction of Islam.  This is evident by President Obama’s appointment of Muslim Brotherhood members to high level government positions in the United States and his support of the Brotherhood around the world.  The Syrian people should understand our president is bent on the destruction of your present government regardless of the number of innocent people who will die.  

President Obama is sending Egypt F-16 fighter jets, M1A1 Abrams tanks along $1.6 billion dollars. This is his commitment to the Muslim Brotherhood. He has agreed to send military support to the jihadist in Syria. The United States CIA has also been supporting al Qeada affiliates in the Syrian war at the cost of 100,000 lives. While the Obama Administration has been very open about their support for the rebels, they apparently went to great lengths to cover up the arms shipments to al Qeada groups in Syria and have blamed the deaths of many Syrians on the Assad government.  Our president is sympathetic to the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and is an enemy of those who are against the Brotherhood.

 My soul is burdened when I read the news of Christians being beheaded and driven from their homes in Syria. It looks as if these are the “end of days” as John the Beloved said, “. . .and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

Sadly, American Christians do not understand that Syria Christians go back to the days when the apostles preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ nor do they understand your country was conquered by Islamic warriors and for centuries you have been subjected to persecution and yet, the Syrian Christians have maintained faith all these years—until the Americans came on the scene.

Those ignorant of the Syrian Christian’s history believe Christianity was forced upon the “peaceful Muslim people” during the Crusaders. I apologize for the ignorance of our political leaders and ignorant public who feel you deserve the persecution which you are now experiencing.  Our government has placed your lives in jeopardy because American leaders have made deals with the Saudi government thinking they are striking a blow against Iran, Russia and China.

I am ashamed of my country’s leaders and the total disregard they have for the human rights of Christians around the world.  In over 40 nations Christians are being persecuted because of their faith.  Men, women and children are imprisoned, driven from their homes and murdered.  These people are not criminals but Christians--who for their faith in Jesus Christ are made to suffer unjustly.  What makes this worse is that the American government gives aid and support to many of these nations without protecting the human rights of Christians-- your country being one of those made to suffer. 

Why is American fighting Christians in Syria? Because America has turned against God, God no longer blesses America.  What has happened to America is found in Paul’s letter to the Romans, “. . .although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

The world has turned Topsy-turvy, I am ashamed that lawmakers in Russia are concerned about Christians in Syria and American lawmakers are supporting the jihadist.  Russian lawmakers have been working with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on a report aimed to bring an end to the violence in Syria.  They say, “We, parliamentarians, are very concerned about the development of the crisis in Syria, which is turning into an ethnic and religious conflict. Crimes against representatives of religious minorities have recently become frequent in Syria, and that poses a threat to Christian minorities not only in Syria, but also in the Middle-East in general.” I trust their efforts will come quickly to end the war on Christians in Syria.

My prayers and support are for the Christians who are paying the ultimate price for their beliefs.  May the LORD protect you and may you find peace and May God forgive America for her crimes against the followers of Jesus Christ in Syria.