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Jerusalem Dateline: Is Christianity Being Eliminated In Its Birthplace? 07/29/16

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: an in-depth look at Christian persecution in the Middle East; some say it’s “the elimination of Christianity in the place of its birth;" plus why is the Western church silent?; and what you can do to help. Read Transcript


"JERUSALEM DATELINE,"

JULY 29, 2016.

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Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE," AN

INDEPTH LOOK AT CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION.

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

IT IS NOT AN

EXAGGERATION TO SAY WE

COULD SEE THE ELIMINATION

OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE

FUTURE.

Chris: WHY THE SILENT

OF THE CHURCH IN THE WEST,

AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO

HELP.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE THIS

WEEK ON "JERUSALEM

DATELINE".

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

IN THIS EDITION, WE TAKE

AN UP-CLOSE LOOK AT

CHRISTIAN PER CONSTITUTION

IPERSECUTION INTHE MIDDLE EAST.

BEFORE THAT, HERE IS THE

LATEST NEWS FROM THE

REGION.

Efrem: ANOTHER DEADLY

MILESTONE IN THE ISIS WAR

AGAINST THE WEST.

THIS TIME AN ATTACK ON A

FRENCH PRIEST WHILE HE

CELEBRATED MASS IN A

NORMANDY CHURCH.

RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL

LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD

ARE CONDEMNING THE

ATROCITY AND WARNING

CHRISTIANS IN EUROPE TO BE

ON ALERT.

HEATHER SELLS HAS THIS

STORY.

Heather: THE ISLAMIC

STATE AS CROSSED A NEW

THRESHOLD IN ITS WAR

AGAINST THE WEST.

TWO TERRORISTS ENTERED A

MASS AND SLIT THE THROAT

OF AN ELDERLY PRIEST, AND

TOOK HOSTAGES TO USE AS

HUMAN SHIELDS.

ONE NUN NARROWLY ESCAPED.

HE FORCED THEM TO GET

ON THEIR KNEES.

Heather: THE

86-YEAR-OLD PRIEST WAS

KILLED.

ONE PERISHER WAS WOUNDED.

THE ATTACKERS DID A SORT

OF SERMON AROUND THE ALTER

IN ARABIC, AND POLICE

LATER SHOT AND KILLED THEM

AS THEY RUSHED FROM THE

BUILDING SHOUTING "ALLAHU

AKBAR."

OUTSIDE THE PRIEST'S HOME,

TOWNS PEOPLE ARE

REMEMBERING HIM.

THIS COUPLE SAID REVEREND

HAMEL JUST BAPTIZED THEIR

BABY ON SATURDAY AND THEY

CAPSECOLLAPSE ADCOLLAPSED AFTER THE NEWS.

ONE OF THE ATTACKERS WAS

ADEL KERMICHE, WHO GREW UP

IN THE TOWN AND TRIED TO

TRAVEL TO SYRIA TWICE LAST

YEAR.

HE WAS UNDER HOUSE ARREST.

THE ATTACK MARKS THE FIRST

TIME ISIS HAS TARGETED A

CHURCH IN THE WEST, AND

WORLD LEADERS HAVE QUICKLY

CONDEMNED IT.

THIS WAS REALLY A

BARBARIC KILLING.

UNFORTUNATELY, IT TOOK

PLACE IN A SACRED PLACE.

FRANCE AND THE UNITED

STATES SHARE A COMMITMENT

TO PROTECTING THE

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY FOR

THOSE OF ALL FAITHS.

AND TODAY'S VIOLENCE WILL

NOT SHAKE THAT COMMITMENT.

Heather: IN BRITAIN,

OFFICIALS SAY JIHADISTS

COULD TARGET THEM NEXT.

SOME ANALYSTS SAY THE

ATTACK IN FRANCE WAS AA A

SHOT DIRECTLY AT

CHRISTIANITY AND THE

MODERN WESTERN WORLD, AND

IT MAY NOT BE THE LAST.

Efrem: AS A REPORTER,

POLICE IN THE UNITED

KINGDOM ARE WARNING

CITIZENS TO BE ON ARREST.

SECURITY OFFICIALS HAVE

CIRCULATED DETAILED ADVICE

TO THE COUNTRY'S CHURCHES.

THERE ARE ABOUT

5.4 MILLION CHRISTIANS IN

THE UNITED KINGDOM.

Chris: BEHIND ME IS

THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, ONE

OF THE MAIN SITES IN THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

BUT MANY OF THE FOLLOWERS

OF JESUS ARE SUFFERING IN

THIS REGION.

IN THIS SPECIAL EDITION,

WE TAKE AN INDEPTH LOOK AT

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF

CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

CHANGED FOREVER.

SOME HAVE DIED.

MANY HAVE FLED FOR THEIR

LIVES.

LIKE AMAR AND HIS FAMILY.

FOR AMAR AND HIS FAMILY,

THE BELL TOLLED AT

MIDNIGHT.

THERE WERE LOUD

SPEAKERS TELLING ALL OF US

TO GO OUT FROM QARAQOUSH.

ISIS IS COMING, AND THERE

IS NO ONE TO PROTECT YOU.

SO I TAKE MY FAMILY, MY

WIFE, MY CHILDREN, AND GO.

Chris: LIKE THE REST

OF THOSE IN THE CHRISTIAN

VILLAGE OF ABOUT 60,000,

AMAR'S FAMILY FLED FOR

THEIR LIVES.

MANY ESCAPED TO TURKEY.

MONTHS LATER, SOME HAVE

MADE IT TO AMMAN, JORDAN'S

CAPITAL AND ITS

SURROUNDING TOWNS.

UNTIL NOW, WE CAN'T

EVEN IMAGINE THIS

HAPPENING TO US.

IT IS LIKE A DREAM.

EVERYTHING WAS SO NORMAL.

OUR LIFE WAS SO

COMFORTABLE, AND SUDDENLY

EVERYTHING CHANGED.

Chris: CHANGED BY

TERRORISTS WITH A DEADLY

GOAL.

THEY DON'T WANT ANY

CHRISTIANS TO LIVE IN

IRAQ.

THEY WANT TO KILL THEM ALL

OR HAVE THEM LEAVE OR

BECOME A MUSLIM.

Chris: BUT THEY

ESCAPED AND GAVE THE

CREDIT TO GOD.

JESUS MADE FOR US A

MIRACLE.

HE SAVED MY FAMILY.

I HAVE A WIFE AND THREE

DAUGHTERS.

HE SAVED THEM.

JESUS SAVED THEM FROM

ISIS.

Chris: WHILE THEY ARE

STILL WITHOUT A COUNTRY,

THESE FAMILIES FARED

BETTER THAN MOST.

THEY LIVE IN A NICE

APARTMENT, THANKS TO HELP

FROM AN ANGLICAN PRIEST

KNOWN AS THE VICKER OF

BAGHDAD.

HIS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES

HOMES AND OTHER HELP FOR

REFUGEES.

WE NEED PROVISION, BUT

WE ALSO NEED PROTECTION.

BECAUSE EACH OF US HAS

COME FROM SUCH A VIOLENT

PLACE.

I DOUBT WHETHER THERE IS A

CHILD IN THIS CROWD WHO

HAS NOT HAD THEIR LOVED

ONES KILLED.

Chris: MANY IRAQI

CHRISTIANS HAVE FLED AND

FOUND REFUGE HERE IN

JORDAN.

AND MOST OF THE SCHOOL

CHILDREN HERE HAVE COME

FROM MOSUL, ANCIENT

NINEVEH, OR THE

SURROUNDING CHRISTIAN

VILLAGES AND TOWNS IN

NORTHERN IRAQ.

AND ALMOST EVERYONE HERE

HAS FLED BECAUSE OF ISIS.

THE SCHOOL HAS HOPE.

THEY HAD NOTHING, AND

NOW THEY HAVE STRUCTURE

FOR THEIR LIFE AND HOPE

FOR THE FUTURE.

Chris: THROUGH ALL OF

THE TRAUMA AND HEARTACHE,

THEIR FAITH REMAINS FIRM.

IN THE UNITED STATES

AND THE WEST, PEOPLE NEED

TO KNOW THAT THESE PEOPLE

HAVE NOTHING.

THABUT THEY HAVE EVERYTHING

BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT

USUEA, JESUS, IS REAL AND

CENTRAL TO THEIR LIVES.

Chris: THE CHILDREN

CONTINUE TO SING THE

LORD'S PRAYER IN ARAMAIC,

AND FAMILIES CONTINUE TO

READ THEIR BIBLES, AND

GIVEN THE CHOICE TO DENY

THE LORD, THEY REFUSE.

HE DIED FOR US ON THE

CROSS.

I CAN'T DENY JESUS.

I CAN'T DENY HIM.

Chris: FOR NOW, THEY

LOOK TO THE UNITED NATIONS

AND OTHER NATIONS FOR HELP

AND TO THE CHURCH FOR

HELP.

PRAY FOR US.

ME, I AM GOOD.

BUT THERE ARE SO MANY

PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMP IN

IRAQ, HERE IN JORDAN, AND

LIFE IS VERY DIFFICULT.

ESPECIALLY HERE IN JORDAN.

THERE IS NO WORK.

WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO

WORK, THE IRAQI PEOPLE.

SO WE WANT THEM TO PRAY

FOR US.

Chris: AMAR AND HIS

FAMILY FLED TO JORDAN.

MANY OTHERS FLED TO

KURDISTAN, A PLACE THAT

OFFERED THEM SAFE REFUGEE

FROM ISIS.

I MET WITH ONE OF THOSE

FAMILIES ONE EVENING

DURING THEIR WORSHIP

SERVICE.

AS ISIS CAPTURED CITIES

AND TOWNS, THEY GAVE

CHRISTIANS FOUR CHOICES:

LEAVE, STAY AND PAY THE

ISLAMIC TAX FOR

NON-MUSLIMS, CONVERT TO

ISLAM, OR DIE.

MOST LEFT.

MANY OF THE CHRISTIANS WHO

FLED ISIS DIDN'T FIND

REFUGEE IN MANY OF THE

LARGER CAMPS, BUT MANY

FOUND REFUGEE IN SMALL

AREAS THROUGHOUT

KURDISTAN.

THIS IS WHERE ONE OF THE

GROUPS MEETS FOR CHURCH

SERVICE.

THEY COME FROM MOSUL,

ANCIENT NINEVEH, AND THE

CHRISTIAN TOWN OF

KIRAKUSH.

MANY WITH SIMILAR STORIES

ABOUT ISIS.

AT THE END OF THE CITY,

ISIS HAD A CHECKPOINT.

THEY PUT A GUN TO MY HEAD

AND SAID, WHATEVER YOU

HAVE IN YOUR POCKETS, TAKE

IT OUT.

ONENARONE NEIGHBOR TOLD US THEY

KILLED YOUR COUSIN BECAUSE

HE WAS A CHRISTIAN.

THEY TOLD YOU WE HAD TO

LEAVE.

Chris: THE TRANSITION

FROM A NORMAL LIFE TO A

REFUGEE HAS BEEN HARD.

IT IS REALLY HARD FOR

FAMILIES TO LIVE ALL

TOGETHER.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE CAME HERE

AND FOUND OUT WE WOULD BE

LIVING IN A SMALL

APARTMENT, WITH FIVE OR

SIX FAMILIES.

IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR

US.

Chris: CBN NEWS

INTERVIEWED THE PASTOR ONE

YEAR AGO.

AND NOW HE CONTINUES TO

SHEPHERD HIS FLOCK.

Through Translator:

FIRST WE CAME HERE FOR

ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS.

I WAS ASKING ALL OF THE

CHARITY AND HUMANITARIAN

ORGANIZATIONS TO VISIT THE

PEOPLE, AND THE ONLY

REASON BEHIND IT WAS

GIVING OUT THE WORD OF GOD

TO THE PEOPLE.

SO GOD SHOWED ME HIS WORD

IS NOT ONLY WORD, BUT

ACTIONS.

Chris: EVEN WHEN THE

ELECTRICITY GOES OUT, A

COMMON OCCURRENCE IN

IRBIL, THIS SERVICE GOES

ON.

LIKE CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD, THEY GRATEFULLY

CELEBRATE COMMUNION.

GOD HAS MOVED US AND

SAVED US FROM KIRAKUSH TO

HERE.

THAT MEANS HE WAS FAITHFUL

TO US.

BUT RIGHT NOW WE NEED A

FAITHFUL HEART.

SO PLEASE PRAY FOR US TO

HAVE A FAITHFUL HEART.

Through Translator:

I'M REALLY PROUD OF THE

CHRISTIANS, BECAUSE THE

CHRISTIANS, THEY LEFT

EVERYTHING BEHIND AND THEY

FOLLOWED CHRIST.

Chris: MOST ASK FOR

PRAYERS.

Through Translator:

THE CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ,

THEY NEED THE OTHER PARTS

OF THE WORLD TO PRAY FOR

THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE

REALLY IN NEED

SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY,

AND EMOTIONALLY.

THEY REALLY NEED TO PRAY

FOR US TO LIVE IN PEACE

AND EXPERIENCE THE PEACE

OF JESUS.

Chris: MERRIAM, THE

10-YEAR-OLD SEEN BY

THOUSANDS ON THE INTERNET

FOR FORGIVING ISIS CAME TO

THE SURFACE, STILL SHARING

HER CHILD-LIKE FAITH.

Through Translator:

WHATEVER SITUATION WE ARE

IN, IT IS BECAUSE GOD

ALLOWED IT.

WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO DEAL

WITH THIS LIFE UNLESS WE

HAVE JESUS WITH US.

Chris: COMING UP, THE

CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE EAST

IS GOING TO UNPRECEDENTED

PERSECUTION, BUT WHY IS

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

BEHIND ME, YOU CAN SEE A

CHURCH CALLED DOMINUS

FLAVIN.

AND IT IS LATIN.

AND IT MEANS, THE LORD

WEPT.

IT SIGNIFIES THE TIME

JESUS WEPT OVER THE CITY

OF JERUSALEM.

IT TOOK THE U.S. STATE

DEPARTMENT TWO YEARS TO

RECOGNIZE WHAT SEEMED

CLEAR TO THE REST OF THE

WORLD, THAT ISIS WAS ON A

GENOCIDAL RAMPAGE AGAINST

CHRISTIANS.

SOME RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE

WONDERING WHEN THE CHURCH

IN THE WEST WILL STEP UP

AND SPEAK OUT MORE ABOUT

THIS HISTORIC PERSECUTION.

FROM WORLD LEADERS TO

AUTHORS ON THE FRONT

LINES, TO CHRISTIAN

HUMANITARIANS, THE ALARM

IS GOING OUT OVER THE

PLIGHT OF CHRISTIANS IN

COUNTRIES BESIEGED BY

ISIS.

DAESH IS RESPONSIBLE

FOR GENOCIDE AGAINST

GROUPS IN AREAS UNDER ITS

CONTROL, INCLUDING

YAZIDIS, CHRISTIANS, AND

SHI'A MUSLIMS.

WE'RE HEARING OF MORE

AND MORE PERSECUTIONS, AND

OF YOUNG BOYS BEING

KILLED.

IT IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION

TO SAY WE COULD SEE THE

ELIMINATION OF

CHRISTIANITY IN THE PLACE

OF ITS BIRTH.

Chris: EVEN THOUGH

THE CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE

EAST IS SUFFERING

GENOCIDE, SOME BELIEVE THE

CHURCH IN THE WEST COULD

DO MORE TO STAND WITH

THEIR FELLOW BELIEVERS.

CHRISTIAN ACTIVIST JOHNNIE

MOORE HAS BEEN WORKING

WITH BIG NAMES, SUCH AS

MARK BERNETT AND ROMA

DOWNEY TO BRING ATTENTION

TO THIS TRAGEDY.

WE ARE BLIND AGAIN,

LIKE WE WERE BLIND AT THE

HOLOCAUST, AS THE RWANDAN

GENOCIDE, THE BOSNIAN

GENOCIDE.

WE'RE NOT LEARNING.

BUT WHAT IS MORE SHAMEFUL

AND DESPICABLE ABOUT THIS

IS WE'RE THE STRONGEST

COMMUNITY AS CHRISTIANS.

AND THE CHURCH ISN'T EVEN

SPEAKING UP THE WAY IT

COULD.

Chris: SOME BELIEVE

THE LACK OF ACTION IN THE

AMERICAN CHURCH LIES IN

THE PULPITS, NOT THE PEWS.

HISTORIAN DAVID BARTON

COLLABORATE BRATED OD ON A

NATIONWIDE SURVEY OF

CHRISTIANS.

THEY ASKED PASTORS ON 22

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.

THEY PUT RELIGIOUS

PERSECUTION AS THEIR

NUMBER TWO AREA OF SPECIAL

INTEREST.

86% WANTED MORE

INFORMATION ON THE ISSUE.

THE SAME SUBJECT, HOWEVER,

DIDN'T EVEN REGISTER WITH

THEIR PASTORS AS A TOPIC

TO ADDRESS WITH

CONGREGATIONS.

SO YOU'VE GOT 86% OF

AMERICAN CHRISTIANS SAYING

WE NEED TO HEAR ABOUT

THIS.

WE'VE GOT TO BE INFORMED

ABOUT IT.

AND THE PASTORS ARE

SAYING, H'MMM, I DON'T

THINK I WANT TO TALK ABOUT

THAT.

SO THERE IS THIS REAL

DICHOTOMY ON PERSECUTION

IN THE AMERICAN CHURCHES,

AT LEAST ADDRESSING THE

SUBJECT.

AND IF YOU STARTED

ADDRESSING THE SUBJECT,

YOU'RE MORE LIKELY TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

THAT'S REALLY WHAT

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST NEED.

THEY NEED OUTSIDE HELP.

THEY CAN'T SAVE

THEMSELVES.

IT IS GOING TO TAKE

OUTSIDE HELP.

Chris: PEOPLE LIKE

THIS CHRISTIAN WOMAN NEED

THAT HELP.

AS ISIS PLOWED ACROSS

IRAQ, SHE AND HER FAMILY

FLED THEIR VILLAGE OF

KIRAKUSH.

UNTIL NOW, WE CAN'T

IMAGINE IT IS HAPPENING TO

US.

IT IS LIKE A DREAM.

OUR LIFE WAS SO

COMFORTABLE AND SUDDENLY

EVERYTHING CHANGED.

Chris: CHANGED BY

TERRORISTS WITH A DEADLY

GOAL.

THEY DON'T WANT ANY

CHRISTIANS TO LIVE IN

IRAQ.

THEY WANT TO KILL THEM ALL

OR HAVE THEM LEAVE OR

BECOME A MUSLIM.

Chris: TOM DOYLE, WHO

HAS WORKED WITH THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH FOR

YEARS, SAYS THE CHURCH

NEEDS TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS

AND EYES.

WE NEED THE PASTORS TO

SPEAK UP.

THIS IS YOUR FAMILY.

AND I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE

TO BE A PASTOR, BECAUSE I

DID THAT FOR 20 YEARS.

AND SO MANY TIMES YOU'RE

SO CONSUMED WITH THE

THINGS WITHIN YOUR FOUR

WALLS, BUT WE'RE CONNECTED

AROUND THE WORLD.

WE ARE COMPLETELY

CONNECTED.

AND THIS IS FAMILY.

THEY MAY WORSHIP A LITTLE

DIFFERENT FROM US, THEY

MAY LOOK DIFFERENT AND

SPEAK A DIFFERENT

LANGUAGE, BUT THEY LOVE

JESUS WITH THEIR WHOLE

HEARTS.

Chris: IRONICALLY,

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IS

FILLING THE VOID.

HISTORY REPETES ITSELF.

REPEATS ITSELF.

ONE OF THE GREAT ALLIES

FOR THE CHRISTIANS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST IS THE JEWISH

COMMUNITY.

BECAUSE THE JEWISH

COMMUNITY SEES A REPEAT OF

HISTORY.

IT WAS THE SIMON

WEISENTHAL CENTER THAT

HELPS.

GUYS, YOU'VE GOT TO

SAVE CHRISTIANS.

YOU'VE GOT TO STOP THIS

GENOCIDE.

SO IT IS AMAZING, THAT

JEWS WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH

THIS, AND WHO GET REMINDED

OF IT, THEY'RE SAYING

AMERICANS, CHRISTIANS,

WAKE UP.

YOU'VE GOT TO SAVE THE

CHRISTIANS THAT ARE HAVING

THE SAME HOLOCAUST THAT WE

WENT THROUGH.

I FIND IT POWERFUL WHEN IT

IS BEING DELIVERED BY JEWS

WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT

THEMSELVES.

AND THEY'RE SAYING,

CHRISTIANS, WAKE UP.

IT'S YOUR TURN.

WE HAVE TO HELP THESE

PEOPLE THE WAY WE HOPE

SOMEONE WOULD HELP US.

AND WE HAVE TO SPEAK UP

FOR THEM, THE WAY WE WOULD

HOPE SOMEONE WOULD SPEAK

UP FOR US.

Chris: UP NEXT, IT IS

A SLOGAN IN THE MIDDLE

EAST: "FIRST THE SATURDAY

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO OUR PROGRAM ON THE

ONGOING PERSECUTION OF

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

LEILA GILBERT IS THE

AUTHOR OF "SATURDAY

PEOPLE, SUNDAY PEOPLE,"

AND SHE RECENTLY SAT DOWN

WITH JULIE STAAL AND

EXPLAINED WHAT THAT MEANS.

YOU'VE WRITTEN A BOOK

CALLED "SATURDAY PEOPLE,

SUNDAY PEOPLE."

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

THERE IS A SLOGAN IN

THE ISLAMIST WORLD, "FIRST

COMES SATURDAY AND THEN

COMES SUNDAY."

ON SATURDAY WE KILL THE

JEWS, AND ON SUNDAY WE

KILL THE CHRISTIANS.

I HAVE A PICTURE IN MY

BOOK THAT HAS THAT ON A

FLAG IN ARABIC.

SO MANY JEWS WERE EXPELLED

FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD.

FROM 1948 TO ABOUT 1970,

ALMOST A MILLION JEWS.

AND NOW TODAY THOSE SAME

COUNTRIES ARE KILLING AND

COMPELLING CHRISTIANS.

IT IS AN INTERESTING

PATTERN.

AND SO I WANTED TO WRITE

ABOUT THE STORY THAT LIES

BEHIND BOTH OF OUR

COMMUNITIES.

Reporter: WHEN WE

THINK ABOUT CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION, WE ARE

THINKING ABOUT WHAT IS

HAPPENING TODAY IN THE

LAST FEW YEARS.

BUT CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAS

REALLY BEEN GOING ON FOR

DECADES.

ANY PLACE THAT IS UNDER

THE AUTHRITY OF EITHER A

TOTALATARIAN GOVERNMENT OR

A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM THAT

DOES NOT ACCEPT OTHERS AS

EQUALS, IS GOING TO

PERSECUTE.

UNDER THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE,

THERE WERE PROGRAMS

AGAINST BOTH JEWS AND

CHRISTIANS.

BUT IT HAS BECOME WORSE,

PARTICULARLY IN THE MUSLIM

WORLD.

Reporter: WHY DO YOU

THINK THE CHURCH HAS BEEN

RELATIVELY SILENT OR

UNINTERESTED, THE CHURCH

IN THE WEST, IN WHAT IS

GOING ON WITH THEIR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST AND AROUND

THE WORLD?

I THINK THERE ARE

SEVERAL REASONS.

ONE OF THEM IS THAT

CHRISTIANS IN THE WEST

HAVE THIS VERY NARROW VIEW

OF WHAT A CHRISTIAN LOOKS

LIKE AND HOW A CHRISTIAN

WORSHIPS.

WE HAVE A HUGE COMMUNITY

OF OLD CHURCHES, THAT ARE

THE ONES THAT ARE THE MOST

PERSECUTED NOW.

THE ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS,

AND THERE ARE CHRISTIANS

IN THE WEST WHO DON'T

REALLY THINK THESE PEOPLE

ARE CHRISTIANS.

EVEN IF THEY HAVE A KNIFE

TO THEIR THROAT AND

THEY'RE SPEAKING THE NAME

OF JESUS, SOMEHOW IT IS

JUST NOT THE SAME.

HOW DO YOU HELP?

IT IS HARD TO KNOW, OTHER

THAN JUST PRAYING.

THERE IS NOT MUCH

MOBILIZATION OF CHRISTIANS

BECAUSE THEY DON'T COME

TOGETHER.

UNLIKE THE JEWS, WHO,

DESPITE THE FACT THAT

THEY'RE RATHER FRAGMENTED

AND THEY ARGUE AND QUARREL

OVER CERTAIN THINGS, WHEN

THEIR PEOPLE ARE AT RISK,

THEY COME TOGETHER.

THEY MARCH AT WASHINGTON

AND NEW YORK, AND THEY GET

ON THE FRONT PAGE AND SAY,

WE CAN'T LET THIS HAPPEN.

Reporter: WHAT ABOUT

THE CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE

ALREADY FLED THEIR HOMES.

WHAT IS THEIR SITUATION

NOW?

WHEN THEY LEFT, THEY

WERE STRIPPED DOWN TO THE

CLOTHES THEY HAD ON.

THEY EVEN TOOK THE WATER

AWAY FROM THEM AND TOOK

THEIR FOOD AWAY FROM THEM.

MANY WERE STRIPPED DOWN TO

NOTHING.

THEY HAVE NO IDENTITY LEFT

BECAUSE THEY USED TO BE

BUSINESSMEN AND TEACHERS

AND PROFESSORS.

THEY HAVE LOST EVERYTHING.

AND NOBODY WANTS THEM.

SOME OF THEM WANT TO STAY

IN THAT AREA AND REBUILD

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

FROM THE NINEVEH PLAIN,

WHICH IS SORT OF THE

HEARTLAND OF CHRISTIANITY

THERE.

OTHERS WANT TO START OVER.

THEY DON'T WANT TO FACE

ANOTHER COMPULSION FROM

THEIR VILLAGE OR CITY.

BECAUSE SOME OF THEM HAVE

FLED MORE THAN ONCE.

THERE ARE MILLIONS OF

REFUGEES, AND THE WEST IS

NOT VERY INTERESTED.

AND THE WEST, AND AMERICA,

SADLY, THEY'RE DOING VERY

LITTLE FOR CHRISTIANS.

THE PERCENTAGES OF THE

ONES THEY DO TAKE IN, THEY

ARE, LIKE, LESS THAN 5%

CHRISTIAN.

Reporter: WHY DO YOU

THINK THAT IS?

THE PRESENT AMERICAN

ADMINISTRATION HASN'T BEEN

VERY CORDIAL TO

CHRISTIANS, IN WAYS THAT

HADN'T HAPPENED BEFORE.

THERE HAS BEEN SOME BLAME

TO THE BUSH

ADMINISTRATION, FOR THE

WARS THAT WERE FOUGHT

THERE, AND THAT STIRRED UP

THIS HORNET'S NEST.

BUT CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

DIMINISHED FROM THIS

CURRENT ADMINISTRATION.

AND IT TRICKLES DOWN FROM

THE TOP.

Reporter: WHAT DO YOU

THINK THE FUTURE IS FOR

CHRISTIANS HERE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, WHERE IT ALL

BEGAN?

I DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER.

GOD CAN MOVE HIS PEOPLE

ANYWHERE HE WANTS.

THERE ARE MANY PLACES

WHERE CHRISTIANITY HAS NOT

CONTINUED.

I CAN'T ANSWER THAT,

EXCEPT TO SAY I THINK WE

SHOULD SUPPORT THOSE WHO

WANT TO STAY, AND I THINK

WE SHOULD SUPPORT THOSE

WHO WANT TO LEAVE, AND NOT

DECIDE FOR THEM WHAT THEY

HAVE TO DO.

THAT'S MY FEELING ABOUT

IT.

I'VE TALKED TO THEM ON

BOTH SIDES, AND THERE IS A

LOT OF DISPUTE ABOUT THIS.

I THINK WE HAVE TO PRAY

FOR THEM.

IF WE CAN HELP THEM WITH

MONEY, IF WE CAN HELP THEM

WITH SUPPLIES,

REBUILDING -- WHATEVER OUR

CONNECTIONS MAKE IT

POSSIBLE FOR US TO DO, WE

SHOULD HELP THEM ALL.

Reporter: THANK YOU

VERY MUCH, LEILA GILBERT,

FOR BEING ON "JERUSALEM

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

BEHIND ME IS THE CHURCH OF

ALL NATIONS.

AND IT MARKS THE SITE OF

THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.

IT IS A REMINDER THAT

WHEREVER WE ARE IN THE

WORLD, THE BODY OF CHRIST

IS ALL ONE FAMILY.

THE ISSUE OF CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION IN THE MIDDLE

EAST MAY SEEM OVERWHELMING

TO THE CHURCH IN THE WEST.

THE QUESTION IS OFTEN

ASKED: WHAT CAN WE DO

SINCE WE'RE SO FAR AWAY?

WELL, FOR THE SUFFERING

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, THE NUMBER ONE THING

THEY TYPICALLY ASK FOR IS

FOR PRAYER.

SO WE CAN PRAY.

AND WE CAN SUPPORT

MINISTRIES HAD HELP

PROVIDE SUSTENANCE FOR

THESE CHRISTIANS.

CBN INTERNATIONAL IS ONE

MINISTRY THAT SUPPLIES

THAT HUMANITARIAN AID.

YOU CAN LOG ON TO

cbn.com FOR MORE

INFORMATION.

AND, FINALLY, THOSE OF US

IN THE FREE WORLD CAN BE A

VOICE FOR THOSE BROTHERS

AND SISTERS IN THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH.

PASTORS CAN SPEAK FROM

THEIR PULPITS, AND PEOPLE

IN THE PEWS CAN BE AN

ADVOCATE FOR THEIR

GOVERNMENT, LOCAL STATE,

AND NATIONAL.

SO PRAYER, PROVISION, AND

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