Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Modern-Day Martyrs in Turkey - A Reprise


The event I wrote about in May of 2007 has generated more traffic, by far, than anything else I have ever written about. Because of that, I thought some would be interested in an update on what has happened since. As a recap, three Christians, Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske were brutally tortured and killed in Malatya, Turkey.

They were targeted for their Christian faith and the event has focused somewhat of a spotlight on Turkey's view of Christians. Evangelical churches are considered terror cells by many government officials. The question to arise is how deep the conspiracy went to have these men butchered. Was it merely the work of a few young radicals or was it the result of a plot to wipe out the influence of Christians in Turkey?

An article by Compass Direct News sheds light, not only on this case, but the state of hostilities towards Christians in many Muslim-majority countries worldwide. We in the West, living in comfort, with no fear of repercussions for our Christian views, need to remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in challenging situations. In some places, choosing to become a Christian means losing your family, your job, your reputation and perhaps your life.

Three years after the fact, continue to pray for the families of those slain and the church in Malatya, Turkey. Pray also for the countries in upheaval in the Middle East. What this means for the small Christian minorities remains to be seen. As in all major political upheaval, there is tremendous potential for good or evil.

As for this court case, it continues. Let's hope and pray that truth and justice win the day.
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