God’s common grace is what keeps all of us alive. All the good gifts of life come from Him. Because of that truth, we are called to care for the lives of others.
Despite claims of traditionally Christian nations like England that they will help Syrians, it is Russia who is stepping up to the plate. Vladimir Puten is offering aid to the downtrodden Christians. God has chosen to use an unlikely nation to care for His people in this situation, which is not at all unusual. Think of the Scripture that talks of His using the foolish to shame the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Persecution of Christians in Syria has been going on for years, and Western countries and governments have turned a blind eye to the situation. In an article by Erico Matias Tavares published on linkedin.com, we learn:
Since 2012 Syrian Christians have started to take a more active role in the war, forming militias which are now fighting alongside government and Kurdish forces. They have no other option. And this puts them in the firing line of Western-backed militants and their key ally in the region – Turkey.
The world is becoming increasingly aware of Turkey’s nefarious role in the Syrian conflict. It has been known for some time that fighters wanting to join the Islamic State move with great fluidity through its borders. Rather than placing embargoes, the Turkish government has turned a blind eye to its merchants buying oil seized by the fundamentalists, thus offering an important economic lifeline. And it is bombing Kurdish fighters in Syria, one of the few forces that have proven to be effective in stopping Islamic militants.
But even more disturbing allegations have emerged recently. Two deputies from the main opposition Republican People’s Party claim that their government might have been involved in sending toxic sarin gas used in an attack on civilians in Syria in 2013 where over 1,300 died. The public will never know because the investigation they requested was blocked. And it is this event that justified the West’s intervention in the conflict.
Through these and other actions Turkey, an important NATO ally and aspiring European Union member, has become an accomplice of the worst crimes against humanity committed by the Islamic State and assorted fighters, all in the name of getting rid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
As Christians, we have an obligation to do whatever we can to call attention to the suffering our brothers and sisters are facing in Syria. Even for those who do not embrace Christianity, we have an obligation to show the love of Christ to them and protect any enemies of Islam who are also being persecuted.
In the same way that there were Christians who came to the aid of Jews and others being exterminated in Nazi Germany, we must rise up and provide safe havens for believers and rescue them from death and destruction.