A United Airlines passenger is violently hauled off a plane, and there is a national outrage, and rightly so. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Assad is worse than Hitler, and again, there is national outrage, and rightly so. Forty-five Egyptian Christians are slaughtered by ISIS while attending church services on Palm Sunday, and scores of others are wounded, and there is barely a national yawn. How can this be?
You might say, “That’s easy. The first two events took place right in front of our eyes, here in America. The third event took place in Egypt, and as tragic as it was, it’s a matter of out of sight, out of mind.”
I understand that. But what about the Islamic terror attack on the Brussels airport last year, killing more than 30 people? That was covered by our media day and night, with footage from the blast shown over and over by the hour.
And what about the Islamic terror attack in France, when a driver plowed his truck into hundreds of people in Nice, killing more than 80? That too received day and night coverage, with the bloody footage, including dead children lying in the streets, put before us by the hour.
But when it’s Christians being slaughtered by Islamic terrorists while worshiping the Lord in the safety of their church buildings, it only receives passing mention on our networks. Why?
For the last decade, a Christian genocide has been taking place in the Middle East representing one of the ugliest chapters in recent human history, yet most Americans remain sadly uninformed. The secular media is complicit.
We’re talking about multiplied hundreds of thousands of Christians being displaced, exiled, attacked, maimed, tortured, starved, and killed. We’re talking about a crisis of epic proportions, yet the news coverage this ongoing tragedy receives is negligible. Why?
Whatever the reason, there is a solution to the media’s silence.
All of us can raise our voices and draw attention to the suffering of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East (and elsewhere). And all of us can pray for their protection, their courage, and their comfort.
In the words of the Letter to the Hebrews: “Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies” (Hebrews 13:3).
About the Author
Dr. Michael Brown is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book, Breaking the Stronghold of Food, was just released.