Tonight is Christmas Eve. As millions of Christians around the world spend time with their families and open presents, their brothers and sisters in the Middle East are being persecuted for being who they are.
In Judaism, there is old saying:
Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue
This means that wherever you see an injustice or someone being denied their rights just for being who they are, you stand up for them.
The media likes to put the focus their attention on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The problem with being so hyper focused on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is that is takes away the spotlight from issues that are far more important. Ancient Christian communities in the Middle East are being decimated. Those who stay are given two choices: convert or die. Those who were able to leave their homes are now refugees.
This is not the first Christmas and it certainly won’t be the last Christmas. But I wonder, for the Christians in the Middle East living in fear for their lives, if this Christmas will truly be merry?