A Letter From the President: Jesus’ Command: A Call to Aid the Persecuted

Andrew Reilly

December 22, 2023

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The teachings of Jesus Christ emphasize the importance of compassion, love, and justice. One of the most significant teachings is the obligation to help the persecuted. This mandate is based on principles of empathy and solidarity, which have inspired many individuals and communities throughout history to engage in acts of kindness, mercy, and advocacy.

Biblical Foundation: And our Role

The New Testament contains numerous passages that emphasize the Christian obligation to assist those who are oppressed and persecuted. For instance, in Matthew 25:35-36, Jesus states, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” This powerful statement highlights the significance of providing aid to those who are in dire need.

The Persecuted in Jesus’ Ministry:

During his time on Earth, Jesus showed a unique care for those who were marginalized and oppressed. He showed kindness to tax collectors, lepers, and those who were considered outcasts in society. Jesus’ interactions with people like the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4) and the woman caught in adultery (John 8) demonstrated a radical inclusivity that challenged societal norms and showed a deep love for those who were persecuted.

Love Your Neighbor:

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37, Jesus emphasizes the importance of loving our neighbors. He recounts the story of a merciful Samaritan who assists an injured man on the road, ignoring cultural and religious differences. This parable is a powerful reminder that we should always be willing to help others, regardless of societal barriers.

Early Christian Witness:

The early Christian community was deeply influenced by the teachings of Jesus, who exemplified a commitment to aiding the persecuted. In times of persecution, Christians stood in solidarity, offering support and comfort. The historical accounts of Christian martyrs and their unwavering faith in adversity reflect the transformative power of Jesus’ command to love and help the persecuted.

Contemporary Application:

Today, with instances of persecution still present worldwide, Jesus’ command resonates with believers who seek to make a difference. The Christian community is actively involved in humanitarian efforts and advocates for religious freedom, supporting organizations that alleviate the suffering of persecuted individuals and communities. Whether through prayer, financial assistance, or active participation in social justice initiatives, Christians continue to answer the call to help those who are facing persecution.

Why I Joined ECSPE:

There are many organizations that are trying to help the persecuted, but I chose to be involved with ECSPE specifically.  Why?  Several reasons.  First, the persecution in Pakistan is more extreme than most places in the world.  Not only do Christian minorities face discrimination, but not every country has the dreaded scourge of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.  Second, because of Farrukh – his knowledge, experience, and connections – ECSPE is remarkably effective at the missions it undertakes.  We are not just providing tangential support; ECSPE rescues the persecuted individuals, and sends them off into a better, safer life.  Third, ECSPE is efficient.  None of us take any compensation, there is zero allocated to fundraising, administration, or really anything else but getting innocent people out of harm’s way.  And finally, ECSPE’s mission is not saturated – there’s virtually no one else doing what we do.  So, rather than be the ten-millionth donor to some already-popular cause, I know my investment in the mission really matters.  I invite you to join us! 

May God richly bless you, 

Andrew Reilly 

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