The Prince of Wales has said he is “heartbroken” over the “pain and suffering” inflicted on Christians in the Middle East because of their faith and pointed out that the Christmas story itself “ends with the Holy Family fleeing for refuge from persecution.”
Prince Charles earnestly asked for prayers for those “forced to leave their homes in the face of the most brutal persecution on account of their faith” and called on believers in the West to pray and support those facing attacks in the Middle East in a speech he delivered on Tuesday.
In a service at St Barnabas Church, Pimlico he said; “Indeed, as all of you know only too well, the Christmas story itself ends with the Holy Family fleeing for refuge from persecution; just as in 2017 large numbers of Christians, such as the families that I had the particular pleasure of meeting before this service, are being forced to leave their homes in the face of the most brutal persecution on account of their faith,”.
“Such barbaric persecution is even more perverse and dreadful when as many Christians seem unaware,” he continued. “As someone who, throughout my life, has tried, in whatever small way I can, to foster understanding between people of faith, and to build bridges between the great religions of the world, it is heartbreaking beyond words to see just how much pain and suffering is being endured by Christians, in this day and age, simply because of their faith.”
While we all are aware that God calls Christians to “love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us,” Prince Charles acknowledged it can be “incredibly hard to follow Christ’s example” when “confronted with such hatred and oppression.”
He concluded with the following: “It is so vitally important, in this season of Advent and throughout the year, that Christians in this country and elsewhere, who enjoy the rights of freedom of worship and freedom of expression, do not take those rights for granted; and that we remember, and do what we can to support, our fellow Christians for whom the denial of such rights has had such profound and painful consequences.”
It is absolutely uplifting to see Prince Charles using his position of influence and platforms he is granted to speak out against the ongoing persecution of Christians.