The crisis in Iraq has been mostly lost in the wave of news of the Israli-Palestine crisis. In case you haven’t heard, Christians are being forced to convert to Islam by threatening them with execution. But what are we to do to help our Brothers and Sisters facing this severe persecution?
In an age of Facebook Likes! and retweets, much of today’s social justice activism has been reduced to social media activism. There’s nothing wrong with that, but at some point, it feels more like we’re spinning our own wheels and doing nothing to change the world around us.
However, Martin Saunders recently shared on Christian Today six things that can actually help the situation Christians in Iraq are currently facing. Here’s a quick list:
- Pray – In informed and specific ways.
- Give – To organizations working directly in Iraq.
- Lobby the Media – Contact your favorite newspapers, websites and news outlets, encouraging them to report on this crisis.
- Contact Your Representative – Encourage your political representatives to consider governmental action.
- Sign a Petition – There are power in numbers, consider signing a petition!
- Raise Awareness – By using social media and talking about it with your friends over coffee, it’s important that we inform one another about this situation.
Martin writes more in depth on each of these points (read more), but you get the basic idea. While many of the worlds problems—including religious persecution—can be overwhelming, you can see there are some definite actions we can take to invoke change in the world.