Syria is hurting. The national military and multiple rebel groups are warring against each other. It is hard to tell what truth is because, in times like these, each side tends to spin reality into a favorable story for themselves.
But while the full story is unclear, we do know that some things are true. Christians are dying. Muslims are dying. Women, children, and elderly are dying. Sometimes these casualties are accidental, but far too often, it is intentional.
The drum beats of war are a convenient cloak to hide religious persecution and cultural genocide. After all, when a country is in anarchy and the world is watching the main stage, who will notice what goes on in the back rooms.
This is nothing new, and Syrian Christians aren’t the only ones being persecuted. In fact, Patriarch Gregory III Laham estimates only 1,000 of the 120,000 Syrians killed are Christians. We cannot forget to care for the entire nation. The Syrian civil war is 3 years in the making and has caused over 8 million Syrians to flee their homes.
So what is a Christian to do?
Pray. Pray for a nation that is self-imploding. Pray for the persecuted Christians. May their hearts be strong, and the gospel be proclaimed. May God be their all. May His joy be their strength.
Give. World Vision is assisting Syrian refugee families with interventions like food vouchers, clean water, hygiene kits, clothing, child-friendly spaces, fuel, stoves, and shelter materials.
For more thoughts about why Christians should care about Syria, visit World Vision’s blog.