Syria’s destructive civil war has now been raging for more than two years, and millions of helpless Christians are innocently caught in the conflict, having already suffered significant pressure and persecution, some of which has been intentional at the hands of Islamic radicals. The failure of Islamic leaders to denounce these actions specifically against Christians is unacceptable. They should be joining in the work to condemn and end this persecution.
Many thousands of Christians have been displaced by threats and violence, as mainly Christian areas have been invaded or attacked. Many Syrian Christian leaders are concerned that the Church in their country may be wiped out altogether, despite its long history.
Two bishops of the Syrian Orthodox Church have been abducted and remain unaccounted for. Their voices are numbered among those who have been silenced by the conflict in Syria.
Archbishop Duncan said, “Syria’s faithful Christians have suffered for many months. We are reminded in Hebrews 13, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” I am calling the Anglican Church in North America to pray for protection for the Syrian Church, relief for those who are suffering and wisdom for the international community as they consider how to respond.”