Over the past several months, more and more Islamic extremist groups have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State: an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria More in Nigeria, Mujahedeen of Yemen and Ansar al-Islam in Iraq (just to name a few).
Terrorist groups from around the world are uniting to join this genocidal cause. The Islamic State is apocalyptic in nature, believing that they will bring about the end of the world by their acts of jihad.
So the question stands- Is the Islamic State more unified than the Body of Christ?
They are gathering followers from all over the world, who are willing to lay down their lives for this cause. They are united from all different cultures and countries.
Shouldn’t we as the Body of Christ be more unified than this?
The problem is that many believers do not know how many of their brothers and sisters in Christ are facing persecution. Many Christians who are not facing persecution don’t realize that hundreds of their sisters in Christ are kidnapped in countries like Egypt and are forced to marry Islamic extremists. Others do not know that an average of five churches are attacked in Nigeria- Every. Single. Sunday.
So what can we do to be a more unified Body of Christ?
The number one thing that persecuted Christians ask for is that we share their stories so more people can be praying for them. So share this story. Sign up for our weekly prayer emails. Ask your church to download prayer bulletin inserts . Make sure every Christian you know is aware of our suffering brothers and sisters, and that they would be praying and acting on their behalf.
This is how we can bring together the Body of Christ and be more unified than any stronghold… even the Islamic State.