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Christ's Bride in Baghdad

The persecution of Christians in Iraq has only just begun.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
August 6, 2004

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Christ's Bride in Baghdad_Greg Asimakoupoulos-The persecution of Christians in Iraq has only just begun It seems they’re bombing Christians now.
God helps us! Help them! Holy cow!
In Baghdad those who follow Christ
are symbols of the West.
They’re viewed as just extensions of
one nation with its hawks and doves.
And since they are it’s likely more
will be put to the test.

The Church is not that prevalent
where Islam’s made its major dent.
But where the faithful worship Christ,
His cross can still be found.
Though homemade bombs and hand grenades
must give them cause to be afraid,
the Bride of One they call their Groom
will worship underground

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Michael H. Thomson from Merritt Island, Florida writes:
August 6, 2004
It is a naive assumption to say the persecution of Christians in Iraq has only just begun. Even when Tariq Aziz - a Coptic Christian - was foreign minister - persecution and slaughter of Christians was taking place in Iraq.

The number one persecutor of Christians in the world is North Korea. The second ranking persecutor of Christians is our ally, Saudi Arabia. Also in the top ten list is one of our leading trade partners - China.

Ironically, not making the top ten list is a country that we have recently banned travel to - Cuba. George W. Bush has made it impossible for missionaries to enter that country.

A website called Christiansunite.com has a great article on this subject at this link.

In this article the describe the work of an organization called Open Doors - a ministry to the persecuted Church.

My hat is off to the missionaries of all our churches who leave comfortable homes and safe communities to risk their lives and the lives of their families in the service of Christ. I have known a few missionaries in my life who have gone to the tough countries. Their experience shows in their eyes and manner.

I'm not going to put words in God's mouth like some I have seen lately, but I wonder if God worries less about the persecuted Christians and more about the comfortable Christians?

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