“Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not so. The silence has been nearly deafening.

As Egypt’s Copts have battled the worst attacks on the Christian minority since the 14th century, the bad news for Christians in the region keeps coming. On Sunday,Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 85 worshippers at All Saints’ church, which has stood since 1883 in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. Christians were also the target of Islamic fanatics in the attack on a shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, this week that killed more than 70 people. The Associated Press reported that the Somali Islamic militant group al-Shabab “confirmed witness accounts that gunmen separated Muslims from other people and let the Muslims go free.” The captiveswere asked questions about Islam. If they couldn’t answer, they were shot.”

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Some of the comments that follow this article are especially troubling. There seems to be a sense that, because Jesus directs his followers to turn the other cheek,  Christians should simply endure this kind of persecution silently. Or in this case, some are suggesting that Christians in the more protected West should sit by, silently, as fellow Christians are slaughtered and foreign governments do nothing to offer protection. While a strong argument can certainly be made that Christians should not seek revenge, it is also very clear that we should care for and protect the “least,” even the least among our own people.  The silence among Western Christians is, indeed, hard to understand. Any thoughts?