Just in case you're feeling sorry for me (and I don't), or you're feeling sorry for yourself (and don't think you do), we all know there's always someone worse off. I just got off the phone to a very dear friend who had a friend who worked with him as a missionary in France years ago. Friends of theirs are now living in Iraq, in a small village about an hours drive outside of Baghdad (Babylon). The United Nations and any other security guards have abandoned them and they are now the victims of ISIS. These Islamic fanatics are now going house to house and interrogating the children of Christian families. If the children abandon Christianity and convert to Islam; i.e., submit to Islamic prayer (salat) and pay the poor tax (zakat), they are spared. If they do not do so, they are killed, usually beheaded, in front of their families. They do this in the name of the Quran, quoting such verses as:
Quran (5:33) - "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have agrievous chastisement"
Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them". Unfortunately, there are many other verses in the Quran that are similar, encouraging violence against unbelievers, especially Jews and Christians. Please pray for the safety and faith of this family as they feel that it will not be long before they are killed . And don't get me wrong , I have some very good Muslim friends who don't interpret the Quran the way that these fanatics do . Our Christian faith commands us to live in peace with everyone and to love even those that persecute us. From the cross , Jesus said, "forgive them, for they know not what they do".