Famous evangelist Franklin Graham said he is glad that the Obama Administration is finally acknowledging the persecution of Christians.
In a statement on Christmas Day, Obama said that he is praying for Christians who are persecuted, particularly during Christmastime.
"President Barack Obama said this week that he is praying for Christians being persecuted this Christmas by ISIS,” Graham shared on his Facebook page. “I'm glad his administration is beginning to acknowledge the plight of Christians being persecuted and killed around the world by Islam.”
"We join with people around the world in praying for God's protection for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths, as well as for those brave men and women engaged in our military, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering and restore stability, security, and hope to their nations," the president stated, according to the Christian Post.
Christians in the Middle East have been facing severe persecution under the Islamic State. Some world leaders have called on the West to recognize the genocide that is taking place and to act to put an end to it.
Obama acknowledged what EU politician Lars Adaktusson drew attention to a couple months earlier: Christian churches have been destroyed, and for the first time in centuries, no Christmas bells will ring.
“In some areas of the Middle East where church bells have rung for centuries on Christmas Day, this year they will be silent; this silence bears tragic witness to the brutal atrocities committed against these communities by ISIL," stated Obama.
Graham has been working to alert the world to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East for some time.
"Beatings, beheadings, crucifixions, and other atrocities are commonplace as Islam tries to exterminate Christians within their reach and expand their territories. These aren't just numbers and places in the news — they're real people and they are suffering," he stated.
"Some places in the Middle East where Christianity has its roots — where Abraham, Moses, the Apostles, and even Jesus Christ walked centuries ago — Christians are virtually extinct this Christmas."
Publication date: December 28, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.