There’s a controversial new movie that is stirring up quite a bit of debate and more than a little opposition. It’s called, “The Promise.” It relates the story of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.
Most people, North Americans especially, know very little about the Armenian Genocide. Turkey still denies that it even occurred. Of course, that’s to be expected since the Turks are the ones who killed more than 1.5 million Armenian Christians.
Here’s something else most of us do not know. The now-much-used word, “genocide,” was first introduced into the public square in 1944. But it was not in reference to the Nazi Holocaust. At the time, the world didn’t fully realize what Hitler was wreaking on the Jews.
Instead, it was coined by a Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to describe the mass murder of Armenian Christians and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more by the Ottoman Empire.
Today, the anguish suffered by the Armenian Christians, as depicted in “The Promise,” seems far away and long ago. It’s almost unthinkable that it could still be going on. But it is. In fact, the number of Christians persecuted for their faith is at the highest level in history!
It also seems beyond imagination that similar things could happen here in North America. But they could.