As Western Christians take necessary stands against evil in our own cultures, we must also remember the struggles of our brothers and sisters around the world. According to the Christian Emergency Alliance and other sources, Christians in the Indian region of Manipur are reeling from a new wave of persecution this month, with 50 dead and thousands more forced from their homes. The Nationalist Hindu majority, enabled by the apathy and (at times) endorsement of political leaders, is behind the increased hostility, discrimination, and violence.
Christians in India have roots that go back to the time of the Apostles, but recent political movements there have made religious minorities of all stripes convenient scapegoats and targets. Because of various geopolitical concerns, India and the West have a closer friendship than ever. This incentivizes Western nations like the U.S. to look the other way. We must not. As we pray for our persecuted fellow Christians, we must also push our leaders to condemn this persecution and oppression.
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