Hungary has the honor of being the first nation to support our persecuted brethren!
The US can learn a lot from Hungary. A couple of weeks ago, they became the first nation to open a department that will address Christian persecution in both the Middle East and Europe.
The Catholic News Agency (CNA), quoted Zoltan Balog, Hungary’s Minister for Human Resources, “Today, Christianity has become the most persecuted religion, where out of five people killed [for] religious reasons, four of them are Christians. In 81 countries around the world, Christians are persecuted, and 200 million Christians live in areas where they are discriminated against. Millions of Christian lives are threatened by followers of radical religious ideologies.”
Hungary’s Prime Minister, Victor Orban, elicited heavy objections from the EU when he voiced his concerns over assisting persecuted Christians, prior to helping Muslims.
“If we really want to help, we should help where the real problem is. … We should first help the Christian people before Islamic people,” Orban stated.
He wants to uphold European Christian roots, while contesting the “EU elite” that want to lay the burden of the invasion of Muslims, upon the union.
“The political war based on the topic of migration is a great opportunity for both parties,” he continued. “[The elite] know that Muslims will never vote for a party with Christian roots, so with the huge volume of Muslims, the conservative parties will be crowded out of power. But this war is also a great opportunity for the supporters of the nation-states with Christian roots.”
Although the terms of the department are still to be set in place, there hope is that other European nations will follow suit.
“Somehow the idea of defending Christians has acquired a bad taste in Europe, as if it means excluding other people,” shared, Hungarian Ambassador to the Holy See, Eduard von Habsburg.
“Our interest not only lies in the Middle East but in forms of discrimination and persecution of Christians all over the world,” Balog continued. “It is therefore to be expected that we will keep a vigilant eye on the more subtle forms of persecutions within European borders.”
Let us pray that indeed more nations will follow the example that Hungary has set, because many Iraqi Chaldean Christians seeking asylum, were detained for months by California immigration officials and eventually denied entry, despite having family in the area, willing to take them in.
This is truly a travesty, so let’s pray for our brethren home and abroad, that God will make a way for them to live free, of daily persecution!
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.
Matthew 5:44 (KJV)
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
John 15:18 (KJV)
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Article: Christianity Today