I think it would be good today to focus on our role as intercessors in the world we live in.
What prompts me here is the report about the 322 members of the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe who have been killed in a series of executions by Islamic State militants.
Some reports surfacing today say that there were woman and children executed as well.
What's important here to understand is that this is a Sunni tribe who both have and are willing to confront IS (who is also Sunni), but not without the necessary weaponry to do so.
These people are in the Anbar province west of Bagdad where IS has largely assumed control.
The tribe has asked the Iraqi government for firepower for weeks if not months, but the Shia dominated government has not responded.
IS is moving in, rounding up males aged from their from teens to older men – and shooting them.
The tribe has appealed to America, but officials claim it is up to the Iraqi's to decide.
There is the perception that the tribe, who has a reputation for it's fighting prowess, is purposely being ignored.
While it is true that America dropped food into the tribe who are now largely surrounded, they face the potential of being killed off.
This tribe numbers into the tens of thousands.
They fought long and hard to keep the town of Hit (in the Anbar province), but lost it last month to IS.
The men also fought in defense of Ramadi – but when you can't get resupplied with weapons or ammunition, or for that matter fighters, you have nothing to fight with.
It is a confusing and complex situation yes, but if the tribe chose to fight IS, and fought hard for weeks proving that, then why are they not being supported? What is underlying this dilemma?
The international community has repeatedly said that Muslims, both Sunni and Shia need to stand up against IS… but by this example, what is the end?
Lets pray for the innocents, the children, the abducted women, those who are in leadership on the field and at the command centers.
There is a time to fight scripture says, and when there are people standing for what is theirs and defending there own and doing what is wanted – they should be supported.
These are the people who hurt IS the most – when they say no to extremism and slow their (IS's) momentum.
Middle east Correspondent