Constantly, young evangelicals, influenced largely by the Religious Left, speak out against the “marginalized,” making the poor, women, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community top priorities. But if we want to talk about the marginalized, then let’s remember that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world.
Among Millennials, the term “persecution” is a dirty word when applied to Christians. Society continues to paint Christians as “clamoring and crying” over nothing when we decry discrimination targeted our way.
Let’s face it, if media outlets were calling the Boko Haram travesty what it is, a matter of severe Christian persecution by Islamists terrorists, then many of us Millennial would shy away from voicing our outcry, all for fear of being called Islamophobic. Why do I suspect this? Because kidnapping Christian girls is not the first attack by Boko Haram. Far from it. Yet the evangelical world has remained largely silent.
Hanging on her office wall, Faith McDonnell, the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Director of Religious Liberty programs, has a calendar documenting all of Boko Haram’s attacks on Nigerian Christians during 2012. It was put together by the Nigeria Working Group Washington, Justice for Jos+ Project, and Jubilee Campaign. To list just a few of a myriad of Christian-targeted assaults, the calendar included:
January 20, 2012 —Boko Haram attacked and killed more than 200, including Christians
March 11, 2012 —a Boko Haram suicide bomber attacked a Catholic church, killing 13
July 7-9, 2012 — 50 Christians were killed, 187 homes were burned and 200 families were displaced. Boko Haram took responsibility.
This is what injustice looks like.