Good point, tob, and the Muslim population is "sizeable" all over the world and quickly growing. The more there are of them, the more Christians and Jews are being persecuted, tortured, killed, beheaded, mutilated for their faith. But, "never mind, we have plugs in our ears and cannot hear their cries. Never mind, it is happening somewhere else. WE are safe." YEAH, right! Bible says, "And if one member suffers, all the members (of Christ's Body) suffer with [it].... "1 Cor 12:26 We might not feel we are suffering, but we are. We are suffering the loss of a functioning member of the Body, or the comparative uselessness of his/her function as they are undergoing torture and imprisonment, at the very least. To put out of mind the suffering of members of the Body is a suffering all its own, suffering of hardening of the heart and searing of the conscience. To not care for, whether in provision, compassion or in prayer, for the oppressed, imprisoned and hunted Body members, is to be a "goat", according to Matthew 25.Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World
Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100-200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. Of the top fifty countries persecuting Christians, forty-two have either a Muslim majority or have sizeable Muslim populations.
I say this not to condemn but to stir up the members of the Body not so treated, including myself, to realize and appreciate that "we" who are not persecuted are privileged to pray for and act for those who are. To realize more clearly that a time of persecution may come sooner for us than we would think and hope. That one day, perhaps soon, we may be the focus of Muslim hatred and persecution and won't we want and cry out for help and prayer from our fellows then?