John L. Allen Jr.: Why do Christians hesitate to rise up on anti-Christian persecution?

(Crux) On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department released the first International Religious Freedom Report in the era of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It highlighted persecution and hatred against scores of religious minorities around the world, including Christians.

The report prompted me to reflect anew on why Christians sometimes seem hesitant to raise their voices about such atrocities.

I’ve been writing and speaking about anti-Christian persecution for some time, including my 2013 book The Global War on Christians. One frequent question I get, more times than I can count, is this: “Why are you focusing only on Christians? Isn’t that narrow and confessional? Shouldn’t we be concerned about everybody?”

Such questions are born of the noble instinct that the Church shouldn’t be focused only on its own self-interest, but the welfare of all, and the answer is, of course we should be concerned about everybody.

However, there’s an important caveat. [More]

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