Forty nations actively persecute Christians in the modern world. These nations include China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. According to Prison Alert Ministry, China is holding the most prisoners. Because we cannot get accurate numbers from hostile countries, I believe the numbers are actually much higher, but that’s just my opinion. You can look HERE for a prayer map to pray over the nations who are considered restrictive or hostile.
Christianity is the most persecuted faith in the world.
As of this month, China is ramping up their attack on Christian activists and human rights lawyers. Between July and December of 2015 over 300 lawyers and activists have been detained, interrogated, and imprisoned for “subversion of the state” offenses. This type of charge carries 15 years imprisonment for inciting subversion, and a life sentence for actual subversion.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide dubs 2015 ‘a year of exceptional challenge’ for Christians in China. See that article here.
Last month Salah Farah, a Kenyan, sacrificed his own life defending Christians. He was riding a bus in the Kenyan county of Mandera when he and others were ambushed. Their captors told them if they were a Muslim, they would be safe. But Salah and other Muslims stood up to their attackers, and Salah was shot. He lived to speak out against what happened, but expired during a surgery just this month. Although it was a Muslim man who ended up dying, it was because he stood up for Christians that he lost his life. Check out that article here.
And if you think one form of religion that believes in God is precluded from such activity, take a look at what’s happening in Mexico.
International Christian Concern has reported that Seven Evangelicals were jailed in Chiapas, Mexico after refusing to convert to Catholicism. Hundreds of people have been taken in and questioned. If they refuse to convert, they are told to leave, creating a homeless population across the already poor Mexican nation.
Although American state and federal authorities were informed of threats to the Evangelical population, they refused to do anything about it. This is the newest trend of religious persecution that is going on throughout the rural areas of Mexico. Read more on Mexico’s persecution here.
It’s not hard to find cases of religious persecution around the world. The hard part is what do we do to fight against such hatred and violence?
We use our voice. First, we pray because we have a God that is in control when the world is out of control. Second, we contact our representatives and let them know how you feel about these events that unfold on a regular basis.
Why does that do any good? Because it’s those who speak out against such atrocities that eventually get the attention and sway opinion. Washington will never bring issues to the forefront if people don’t do their best to represent their morals and values.
They’re certainly not going to do anything if you stay silent. Why should they care if you don’t? There are no easy answers to these issues, but nothing is going to get accomplished if we sit on our cushy couch, in a heated/air conditioned house, and tsk at what’s happening in the world, but don’t do anything about it.
We have a choice.
So, I have taken to signing petitions and sending letters and emails to my representatives. I have made my voice heard. And the greatest part of living in America? I get to vote for the ultimate representative–President–this year. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to make my vote count.
And maybe it will make the difference in our local policies, our state policies, our federal policies, and our international policies. Maybe we’ll get a Godly leader who will not sit on the happenings of the world and allow our country’s voice to grow silent. Maybe we’ll finally realize what is gained by doing business with such countries is not worth the lives sacrificed on behalf of a faith they don’t agree with.
But it starts with your voice.
What are you doing to combat Christian persecution?