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Churches under attack this summer are symbols of what’s central in community life

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Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C.



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Thank you for this article.  We have our existence in both the spiritual and the physical realm.  Yes, we'll eventually have to leave the physical realm, but it's a mistake to try to say it's not important.  As physical beings, who tend to be very forgetful, no matter what age, we need visual cues to remind us of God our Savior.  But it isn't just the rich history that's being destroyed.  The beautiful works of art and architecture made by human hands is a reflection of God our Creator.  The fact that anarchists see a need to deface these buildings and statues is a good indication they understand this better than we ourselves do.