There’s a very powerful new video being shared that features nine Middle Eastern Christians describing what it was like when ISIS invaded their home city of Mosul–Iraq’s second largest city–on June 9, 2014.
One business owner in the video tells of his father being held by ISIS for $100,000 ransom. To save his father from being brutally killed, he could either pay the money (which he didn’t have) or convert to Islam. After selling his house, car, and shop he was able to pay the ransom before fleeing with his family.
These people are inspiring. Their faith is incredible. One man movingly states, “you feel joy when you are being persecuted for Christ.” These people had everything they had taken from them through violence and terror. They watched family and friends being killed in brutal fashion. They watched their livelihoods vanish and future dissolve. And, while admitting it is difficult, their message is still of forgiveness and love. Not the shallow sentimentalism and infatuation that passes for love in much of the Western world, but true love as concern for someone’s soul and salvation.
How would we react in the face of this terror? Is our faith strong enough to pick up the heavy cross we are called to carry by Jesus?
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.