Pat Buchanan has recently written about the plight of Christians in post-Saddam Iraq. If it was hard to be a Christian there before, it’s even more difficult now.
“Estimates of the number of Christians in Iraq in 2003 vary from 800,000 to 1.5 million. But hundreds of thousands have fled since the invasion. Seven of the 14 churches in Baghdad have closed, and two-thirds of the city’s 500,000 Christians are gone.
While Saddam Hussein, a secularist, had protected religious minorities, Muslim vigilantes — Shia, Sunni and Kurd, as well as al-Qaeda — have attacked the Christians who have endured kidnappings, pillage, rapes, beheadings and assassinations.And what has happened to this Christian community, which had lived peacefully alongside Muslim neighbors for centuries, must be marked down as one of the predictable and predicted consequences of America’s war in Iraq.”
If we were a righteous country, we wouldn’t pursue a foreign policy based on establishing democratic ideals, but on helping citizens in the kingdom of God. When reformation comes, it will start in the churches and it will be demonstrated in every sphere of life, including a sanctified foreign policy.
In the meantime, pray for the Christians in Iraq. They are facing persecution the likes of which hasn’t been seen in quite a while.