Chuck Colson

Christians in the West cannot sit idly by and let the Burmese junta get away with this. We must act and defend our brethren. The first thing we need to do, of course, is to pray. And then we need to educate ourselves about what is going on in Burma and educate other Christians, including our pastors, who should speak out from the pulpit, and, finally, our neighbors. Much of what is done in places like Burma is made possible because the world’s attention is diverted. Tyrants count on our being more interested in American Idol than in genocide when they formulate things like the Burmese "Program."

We must also hold our leaders and the leaders of other countries accountable. While the United States has no influence over Rangoon, China has plenty, and that influence, by all accounts, is not helpful. We must make it clear that “doing business” with China doesn’t include turning a blind eye to genocide. No amount of cheap goods at Wal-Mart is worth that price. Even if our options are limited, we owe it to our brethren to try. If the junta succeeds, let it not be on account of our silence.


Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
 
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