I sometimes like to hope that my Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world would be willing to put an end to their propaganda machines. As the years go by, it’s beginning to seem that Christianity cannot survive without thriving on news of the dead or by claiming that every Muslim wants to kill them. Today I saw a Christian post circulating a photo of a man weeping over the bodies of his children and wife. The caption attached to it stated the following:
“VERY TOUCHING STORY *GRAPHIC; BUT MUST READ*
The man sitting on the floor, dressed in white, is a Christian pastor who lives in Syria, Middle East. In the morning, he went out to preach the Gospel, and when he returned home that afternoon, he found all his children dead, four children murdered by people against CHRISTIANITY.
He asked, before the bodies if he would stop preaching Christ. He replied: “That’s not me. Nobody will silence my voice. Will speak the word of the Lord. More than ever, I proclaim Christ and His Salvation.”
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be merry you, because great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. “(Matthew 5:10-12)
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I won’t post the photo, but I will post a link to the photo as I am not fond of showing images of a man’s dead family. A quick reverse image search, indicates that the image originated from Demotix, a photojournalism website. The image contains the following description as provided by the photojournalist who took the photo themselves:
“Syrian children were amongst some of those killed after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles at Kafr Awaid, near Idlib according to activists at the scene.”
A Google reverse image search on the photo shows that the Demotix website is the main source of the image as of the 15th of September, 2012. In 2013, Christian websites en masse began to circulate the photo to promote the belief that Christians were being targeted in Syria. Obviously, not all Christians are this petty or need to deceive and invent stories about false persecution to promote their faith. However, this pattern of behaviour, of claiming that this man’s family died for Christianity and for Christ seems to be the only tool that can help in propping up this decaying and dying 2000 year old year old faith. We call for Christians to stop feeding off of the dead and suffering in the world so that Christianity may profit. What good is profiting the Christian faith by using a man’s grief, dead wife and children?
Feasting on the basis of a tragedy is abhorrent and disgraceful, clearly some Christians are willing to use the dead to profit Christianity. Sad.
and God knows best.