Scripture tells us that the Christian church is built upon the truth that Jesus was and is the Messiah, the son of the Living God. The Bible also states that the church -- or the body of Christ -- is, just like our own bodies, made up of many different parts.
The church spoken of in scriptures is more than just the church in America; and it's more than just the Baptist Church or the Methodist Church or the Presbyterian Church or the Catholic Church or any of the other myriad of churches of all types, sizes and doctrines.
The body of Christ is the worldwide church, made up of believers of all nationalities and cultures and colors. Those who believe in Christ -- in the saving work of Christ on the cross and the power of the resurrected Christ ministered to us by the Holy Spirit -- make up the body of Christ throughout the world.
In our bodies, when one part is hurting the entire body knows what's going on and tries in some way to help the hurting part. It should be the same with the body of Christ.
That being said, I believe Christians worldwide should be horrified by the actions of those the media and government are calling I.S.I.S. How can the world's Christians stand by and keep silent while these radical Muslims practice beheading and burning alive of Christians and publish "price lists" for Christian girls and women as well as the organs of those they have killed?
How can we turn our eyes away from such atrocities?
It might be because these things aren't discussed -- seriously, anyway -- on main-stream media. For instance, the first report of the beheadings I heard plainly stated that a group of Egyptian "Christians" had been beheaded. The very next time I saw a report about it, they were calling the victims Egyptian "citizens." Our administration was also quick to remove any references to the beliefs of those who were martyred because of who and what they believed in.
I believe most folks just don't want to hear about it. They believe what we ignore will eventually just go way. That's just simply not the case. The truth is that around the world Christians are dying everyday for what they believe.
Part of the body is hurting; Christians are dying daily for their beliefs; Christians are being jailed and persecuted daily for claiming the name of Christ. And we go on with our lives as if all were well with the world.
But all is not well. Ignoring a problem will not make it go away. Just ask any survivor of the Holocaust.
This is the hour of action. Christians should be calling and writing their senators and representatives and raising a ruckus, demanding that something be done to stop this horrific attack on Christians.
And we should be on our knees in fervent prayer.