Faith McDonnell of the Institute on Religion and Democracy would like to know:
Why is it that the media finds the brief incarceration of Paris Hilton worthy of ‘round the clock vigils, but spares little ink and little air time to tell the world more about these two men who gave their lives while serving the people of Afghanistan?Did you hear any mention of praying for the hostages from your pastor at church yesterday? I didn't.
Even more disturbing than lack of media coverage though, is the tepid response of the churches to the plight of their brothers and sisters from South Korea.
No matter what issues currently occupy Christians in the U.S., they should shift their focus to Afghanistan right now and join the churches in South Korea in vigilant prayer for the remaining hostages. This was an opportunity to witness to the world that the Body of Christ is one worldwide Body.
Christians in the West should always be praying for their persecuted brothers and sisters -- but particularly in this time of crisis, they should look beyond their own interests and pray for the hostages. I challenge Christians to pray daily for the South Koreans, and to include them as a prayer item on church web sites, e-mail conferences, and the blog sites of individuals. [Read the full press release.]
MORE: Fox News has the latest on the hostage situation.