When a Christian village is liberated, we should rejoice!
Matthew 5:10-12 (KJV)
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Glory be to God! According to ChristianToday.com, recently, Assyrian Christian forces—by the name of Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU)—liberated Badaneh, a Christian village, from their 2-year long persecution of ISIS.
Although the liberation of Badaneh was received with celebration, a controversy has arisen, accusing the forces of not being true Christians. Many claim that the Christians have already fled their homes or are facing persecution while seeking refuge.
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako stated that: “There are no ‘Christian militias’, but only politicized groups and simple people who are in desperate need of a salary. The remaining Christians in Iraq are only the poor and those belonging to the middle class, and among them, there are 100,000 displaced people.”
Despite those accusations or denials, the Assyrian Confederation of Europe has remarked that the NPU is, “officially recognized and supported by the Iraqi government.”
Only God truly knows where the truth falls, but when people are liberated, it is indeed a time of praise!
Article: Christian Headlines