Persecution of Christians has started in ernest

President Barack Obama and Iraqi President Jal...

President Barack Obama and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani discuss the success of the U.S.-Iraq security agreement and the growing diplomatic ties between the two countries during a visit to Camp Victory, Iraq, April 7, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you find the President’s lack of action in the Iraq Christian massacres mind boggling?

Humanitarian aid isn’t the only thing reaching the top of Mount Sinjar — so are Western journalists. And the first-hand accounts they’re sharing are horrifying. The Iraqi situation is deteriorating for the refugees, despite the last minute help from America and three days of airstrikes. “It is death valley,” said Iraqi General Ahmed Ithwany. “Up to 70% of the [people who fled up the mountain] are dead.” Those who are still alive are running toward the parachutes of food — more than 36,000 meals — and thousands of gallons of water, one of the few signs of hope on the bleak landscape.

The Telegraph‘s Jonathan Krohn talked to some of the Iraqis pinned on the slopes, many of whom feel betrayed by the West. “When the Americans withdrew from Iraq, they didn’t protect the Christians,” said one of the refugees. “The Christians became the scapegoats. Everyone has been killing us.”

Even now, many see the U.S.’s intervention as too little too late. Iraq’s most prominent Christian leader, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, sent an open letter to the White House decrying the President’s strategy. “The position of the American President Obama only to give military assistance to protect Erbil is disappointing.” Late yesterday, the radical jihadists known as ISIS were bearing down on yet another village, threatening its families to “convert by noon… or we kill all of you.”

Meanwhile, in the U.S., even the President’s own administration thinks his policy is a loser, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — whose own leadership is partially to blame for the Middle East collapse — leading the naysayers. Former Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and former Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford also had plenty to say. Among Republicans, you didn’t have to look too far to find critics of the President’s foreign failures.

“Sadly what’s happening in Iraq is the latest manifestation of the failures of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said at the Faith Leadership Summit in Iowa that FRC Action co-sponsored. “What ISIS is doing in Iraq is unspeakable; ISIS is the face of evil,” Cruz said. “ISIS right now is crucifying Christians in Iraq. Crucifixion is not something that just occurred 2000 years ago; they are doing it right now today.”

Let’s be clear on who he works for. He is paving the way. This is only the beginning of the atrocities to be faced by Christians as it is written.

I remember being taught about this in Sunday school as a kid. I couldn’t believe that it could happen. How could the world get so bad? And how could a loving father let that happen to his children?

What I have never been able to understand is how the Lord expects us to have the strength to stand up and willingly be tortured and killed. Apparently very few of us will make it to the promised land.

But the Iraq Christians have done it. They have chosen death rather than denounce their faith.

Our cushy little lives have made us weak. Lord, give us strength.

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