The African Christian Democratic Parts (ACDP) calls on Church leaders and Christian organisations to speak out against the killing of Christians and burning down of churches throughout the world, says ACDP President, Dr Kenneth Meshoe, in a statement released today.
“Almost every week we hear about Christians who are being murdered and massacred every Sunday in or near Churches in Nigeria, in Eastern Congo, in Uganda and in Kenya,” he says.
The statement continues: “What is even more worrying is the deafening silence from Christian leaders and a lack of voices of protest, disapproval and condemnation from the body of Christ in general.
“During the past two months we have witnessed the terrible outbreaks of violence against Christians (possibly the worst cases in many centuries) in Egypt. Many ancient Churches, like the Amir Todres Church in Minya, in Southern Egypt, have been burned to the ground.
“It now appears that Christianity is becoming an endangered religion in most Islamic/Muslim majority countries, and is in danger of disappearing altogether. On Sunday 22 September 2013, at least 75 Christians were massacred and hundreds were severely injured as they exited the historic All Saints church in Kohati Gate, a bustling area of Peshawar in Pakistan.
“Amazingly, the population of Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem comprises only about 10% Christians; down from about 90% a century ago. Unless there is an urgent intervention and the senseless killing of innocent Christians is stopped, their dwindling presence might soon be gone from Bethlehem. The only country in the Middle East with a growing Christian population is Israel.
“As far back as 2001, the Middle East Forum’s Daniel Pipes reported, “Christians are fleeing from all over the Middle East.” Not just leaving, but “fleeing.” Many of these fleeing Christians are finding refuge in Israel where freedom of religion is practised and encouraged.
“On behalf of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and all other concerned Christians, I wish to call on Church leaders and Christian organisations to start speaking out and condemning the killing of innocent Christians and the burning down of churches throughout the world, but particularly on the African continent.
“We want to hear the voice of the World Council of Churches condemning suicide bombers who are targeting Christians. We want to hear them defending the right of Christians to worship God freely in all countries, including Islamic countries.
“The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior once said, “We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“The time has now come for Christians to start speaking out on behalf of the suffering and persecuted Christians, and condemning the atrocities taking place on the African continent in the name of religion. Prayer only is not enough, our voices of support for the persecuted must also be heard.
“For the sake of our brothers and sisters, let us resolve to be friends who will be silent no more.
“The recent terrorist attacks and massacre of innocent people at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya must be condemned by all peace-loving people of the world.
“On behalf of the ACDP, I wish to convey our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the massacre, and wish a speedy recovery to all those who were injured.”