Hear me clearly: please, please, please, stand in solidarity with the Christians in Iraq who are being persecuted and targeted because of their faith. I just wish the idea of solidarity with Iraqi Christians had come on the scene 11 years ago or 23 years ago. Just like I wish solidarity with Japanese Christians had come on the scene before Nagasaki's Urakami Cathedral was the main target of American atomic weapons. Solidarity shouldn't be a last resort for Christians, but a first principle.
Where do American Christians find their identity? In their nation or in God's kingdom? These need not always be mutually exclusive, but I guess it takes outright slaughter of Christians in other countries for Americans to start to think about their CHRISTIAN identity as something that might trump national loyalty. What if we had that sense of connection all the time? It would make it harder to drop bombs on other Christians for the glory of the US of A, democracy, and freedom. It would make it harder to look the other way when confronted with economic injustice that is perpetuated in part because of the American way of life. It would make it harder to see Ebola as somebody else's problem, not ours. And of course, a lack of solidarity isn't just a problem overseas, as evidenced in the fact that most American churches are still functionally segregated.
Christ stood in solidarity with us while we were yet sinners. Christ measures our solidarity with him by our solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are naked, hungry, thirsty, without shelter, imprisoned, and facing death.