Photo of Soldier Raising Cross on Rubble of Mt. Sinjar Church Easter Sunday Goes Viral

By Nancy Flory Published on April 19, 2017

Once Iraq’s largest Christian city, Sinjar is perhaps best known as the place where ISIS massacred more than 5,000 Yazidi men and captured 7,000 women for sex slaves in November, 2014. ISIS destroyed churches, buildings and homes. The city was left as a wasteland. But on Easter Sunday, one soldier put Sinjar back on the map with a simple act that went viral on Facebook. 

An anonymous soldier carried a wooden cross to the top of what once was Mt. Sinjar Church. He lifted it into place on top of the rubble. His act of faith was captured by a camera and posted on Facebook by Hazem Farraj, a Palestinian-American Christian televangelist. Above the photos, Farraj wrote: 

With a rifle on his shoulder, tears in his eyes, he places the cross on the top of the now ISIS destroyed Mt Sinjar Church. What does resurrection look like? This. Happy Easter everybody. #Resurrection #Jesus

The images were re-posted by actor James Woods and other media personalities. As of Wednesday, the post has over 24,000 likes and almost 14,000 retweets. 

Print Friendly
Comments ()
The Stream encourages comments, whether in agreement with the article or not. However, comments that violate our commenting rules or terms of use will be removed. Any commenter who repeatedly violates these rules and terms of use will be blocked from commenting. Comments on The Stream are hosted by Disqus, with logins available through Disqus, Facebook, Twitter or G+ accounts. You must log in to comment. Please flag any comments you see breaking the rules. More detail is available here.
  • Paul Burgett

    Gotta love virtue signaling. Maybe if we stop feeding into stuff like this then Elizabeth Warren will stop crooning about the Little Girl installed by a disproportionately male Wall Street firm and showing us true hypocrisy while stirring up the Left in liberalist zeal.
    If you are a Christian, should your joy really come from these little “victories”? I say no; it should come from Jesus – and Him alone.

    • LYoung

      The cross, my friend, is the symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection and life. It knows no language barriers and a true believer will cherish it.
      Only Satan despises it.

      • Paul Burgett

        So sorry, that wasn’t my point. My concern is that by endearing ourselves to momentary glories in this world – colloquially known as virtue signaling – we are becoming a more shallow and hard-hearted generation.

    • Thomas Smith

      When we love Christ we will love the cross for it is a powerful symbol reminding us of the love that God has for us. We should also remember those from even that church who were murdered for their faith

      • Paul Burgett

        I appreciate your comments about the inspiration of the symbol of the cross and our need to remember those in bonds, but your comment is not responding to the point I made.

  • Henry

    Thank you for honoring your Lord in your way.

  • hillaryLiedAmericansDied

    AWESOME. HE is risen! ALLELUIA!!!!

  • Emily Denaro

    The cross of the Risen Christ is the hope and joy of the world and the redemption of mankind! In this world ridden with turmoil and violence it is a precious reminder of a promise kept and a new life in Christ when we leave this life. ALLELUIA!!!

Inspiration
Covetous? Who, Me?
Liberty McArtor
More from The Stream
Connect with Us