Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites
July 21, 2014 By Elizabeth Scalia
One of Christendom’s oldest and deepest roots is being ripped from an ancient garden, and many in positions of power, even among so-called “Christian” nations, seem content to let it go unremarked upon and unchallenged.
Perhaps they feel inadequate to the task of pleading on these Christian’s behalf.
Perhaps they believe that any engagement in their defense would embroil them in a larger conflict they are unwilling to face — as though mad tyranny will simply burn itself out if left uncontested.
Perhaps they think there is nothing to be done but fling hands to heaven, in which case they expose not only a lack of imagination, but a distinct misunderstanding of time and space, which they want to accept as linear.
We people of faith — people of all faiths, no less, not simply Christians — who believe in things seen and unseen know better. We know that time and space are constructs, and that they may be penetrated with the powerful (and brilliantly subversive) weaponry of prayer. We may not be able to provide the rhetoric that can capture and encapsulate the brutal reality happening as you read this; we may not be able to influence governments; we may not be in the position to stake personal and material things, or even our lives in order to defend these people (like this Muslim man who gave up his life for his Christian neighbors), but we are not wholly powerless in the face of this evil.
Here are five things you can do, no matter what your religious tradition, or even if you claim no tradition. You can do these things even if you are not a believer at all, but know a humanitarian crisis-of-justice when you see one:
1) Extend your prayer or “well-wishes” with a candle or a wheel: The Judeo-Christian practice of lighting a candle at prayer is not very different from the Buddhist act of spinning a prayer wheel. In both cases, a prayer is begun, and allowing the candle to burn in vigil, (or slipping the prayerwheel into a windy place or in flowing water) allows the prayer to continue — even as one must leave to attend to the rest of one’s day — for as long as the wick burns, the waters flow, or the wind blows. So, say a prayer for these persecuted people, who are losing everything, and whose heritage is being destroyed, and then set something in motion to continue that prayer.
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