On May 17th, 2015 many of us at Red Door Church will wear orange.
Egyptian Christians taken hostage in Libya were decapitated on video by members of the Islamic group ISIS. The martyrs were wearing orange. We’ve seen multiple rounds of Christian executions now, though executions in general take place regularly it appears.
“Following ‘takfiri’ doctrine, the Islamic State is committed to purifying the world by killing vast numbers of people. The lack of objective reporting from its territory makes the true extent of the slaughter unknowable, but social-media posts from the region suggest that individual executions happen more or less continually, and mass executions every few weeks. Muslim ‘apostates’ are the most common victims. Exempted from automatic execution, it appears, are Christians who do not resist their new government.” 1
We wear orange to remember the Christian martyrs in particular–and their families–and those who are being forced into subjugation under the Islamic State. More broadly, we wear orange to remember so many that are suffering across the world in one way or another.
- Taken from Graeme Wood’s recent article Published online in The Atlantic, “What ISIS Really Wants.” The article can be found here: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/. (Accessed on 5/15/15) ↵
My life is one of contradictions. I’m a southern boy living in northern New England; a boring guy married to super-fun girl; a conservative pastor in a progressive Christian denomination; a changed man in need of change; a sinner loved by a holy and perfect God.