The letter "Nun" is being used to signify the Arabic word for "Nazarene" (Christian) on Christian homes in much the same way that Jews were forced to wear Star of David armbands in Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
It is unclear what the final fate of many of the Iraqi Christians marked by this sign will be, but already hundreds of Christians have been killed, often in a brutally barbaric manner. If you haven’t already seen the reports, news services have confirmed the fact that ISIS is routinely beheading men, women and children and numbers have been crucified, while thousands of Christians are being driven from their homes and possessions. This is in addition to the desecration and destruction of Christian churches and tombs.
The #WeAreN campaign now underway has helped fuel protests across the United States and in many parts of the world against these horrendous crimes and in support of the multiple thousands of Christians being victimized by ISIS. World leaders are being urged, by means of active demonstrations in many cities around the globe, to stop the anti-Christian genocide, and we see increasing support for counteraction as tens of thousands of people change their social media photos to images of the Arabic “N” in identification and support.
US President Barack Obama has begun to act in regard to this situation. Although the response has been slow in coming and is still small, it is to be hoped that leaders of the US and countries around the world will quickly escalate support for the Christians and others in Iraq who are being targeted by ISIS.
In addition to participating in the #WeAreN campaign, Christians everywhere can pray for their brothers and sisters in Iraq. As Christians we should also pray for those who are committing this kind of persecution in Iraq and in other areas in the world. We need to pray that the eyes of these people might be opened to see the evil of what they are doing, and to turn from it.