A group known as Release International is now warning of a probable increase of attacks on Christians throughout Afghanistan and the entire region now that the Taliban have quickly taken over the country after a disastrous decision by President Joe Biden to remove all US troops.
On July 8, President Joe Biden promised that America would not witness another Saigon embarrassment:
“The Taliban is not the south— the North Vietnamese army. They’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a Embassy of the United States from Afghanistan,” Biden promised. “It is not at all comparable.”
And then just over a month later, America witnessed another Saigon embarrassment because of an incredibly bad decision made by Joe Biden.
The short time it took for the Taliban to take control of the country stunned the international community.
While the Taliban demanded an unconditional surrender under the promise of not retaliating against politicians or military that sided against them, Release International is warning that the dramatically fast turn of events will spur extremist activity.
The charity organization was told by a church leader in Afghanistan that Christians are now living in fear. They included Christians who worked for the government and now fear reprisals. I don’t think the Taliban’s deal includes Christians.
The organization warned that Christians could be killed because of their faith. They also risked betrayal or falling victim to an honor killing by their own families. One of Release’s contacts said the situation there is “dire.”
“Our brothers and sisters in Christ are telling us how afraid they are,” they said.
“In the areas that the Taliban now control girls are not allowed to go to school and women are not allowed to leave their homes without a male companion.”
And like the US, just after the big steal back in November, life changed very quickly for Afghan people who, prior to this event, were living in relative peace.
Release reported that persecution of Christians had already started rising even before the Taliban took over the country. The church was forced to go underground thanks to severe apostasy laws punishable by imprisonment or even death.
From a Church leader in Kabul: “The Taliban is sending letters to churches saying, ‘We know who you are and we’re coming for you.’”
Lord, have mercy.
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Before the Taliban were kicked out, they killed foreign Christian workers and others were forced to leave the country.
Release said sadly, many Christians who are poor can’t afford to flee like they were able to in the past to avoid persecution.
“They will be left behind,” they said.
Paul Robinson, Release CEO, asks for prayers for Christians in Afghanistan.
“The Taliban’s swift advance can only embolden extremists,” he said.
As thousands of Christian and non-Christian Afghans flee the country by pouring into Pakistan next door, Release mentioned there are dangers there as well since the Taliban has been growing in influence in the Islamic nation.
Malala Yousafzai, 24, now a human rights activist, was shot by the Taliban when she was 15-years-old says she is “deeply worried about women and minorities” in Afghanistan with the Taliban taking control of the country.
The organization is working with people in the region to create Christian radio broadcasts in the Pashtun and Dari languages. They are also working to produce Christian literature and discipleship in digital format.
“Into this darkness, our ministry is bringing a daily message of hope, life and comfort,” they said.
Robinson related the radio ministry as the “one real ray of hope”.
“Radio can be picked up everywhere, including in Pakistan, where many of the Christians are seeking refuge. The same is true of social media,” he said. That is until the tech tyrants side with the Marxists and censor them because they’re Christian.
The organization is banking on being able to spread the Gospel via the Internet and to utilize women who, in recent years, were able to be educated. That means they can pass along their faith to their children and others.
“In places like Afghanistan, the church has had to learn to operate much as the early Church in the Book of Acts – under continual threat of persecution. But today the church is better resourced and equipped to handle that challenge than ever before,” he said.
In the middle of all this turmoil, the big question now is where’s Joe Biden?
Rich is a conservative, syndicated opinion writer and owner of MAGA-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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