The non-profit group “Open Doors” recently published its annual report on the state of Christian persecution across the globe, and what it reveals is nothing short of sobering.
Just since last year, we now know, the number of Christians from around the world facing persecution has increased by the tens of millions. And on average, some 11 people per day are now killed for their faith in Christ.
In Pakistan, for instance, Christians and other religious minorities face the constant threat of mob violence, torture, accusations of blasphemy, rape, and murder. And in Sudan, Christians are constantly harassed simply for gathering peacefully for worship and fellowship.
One Sudanese woman by the name of Meriam Ibrahim was actually imprisoned and given the death penalty, simply for refusing to renounce her faith. But she was eventually released, thanks to the legal intervention of he American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians everywhere.
“As part of our ongoing international legal advocacy campaign for the persecuted Church, we continue to engage with key members of the international community,” the ACLJ stated in a recent announcement.
“At the U.N. Human Rights Council, we file written legal reports and deliver oral interventions detailing the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. We write letters to key U.S. officials and Heads of State urging action be taken to protect the right of Christians to peacefully assemble and practice their religion without fearing for their lives.”
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The ACLJ and Open Doors cite numerous other countries, mostly those far from North America, where Christians are being actively persecuted on a daily basis. But it’s important to point out that such persecution is now making its way into the West.
Just last year, in fact, a Christian preacher from Canada was arrested and detained in the United Kingdom for preaching the Word of God at a train station.
While what he experienced is nothing compared to what other Christians are enduring in third-world countries like Pakistan and Sudan, David Lynn was forcibly removed and held in police custody for 20 hours, simply for sharing his faith.
With the constant influx of Middle Eastern “migrants” and other foreigners into Western nations, the religious tide is shifting dramatically. This obviously bodes ominous for Christians, who will increasingly face hostility and persecution for their faith in their own native countries.
Case-in-point is the experience of Lauren Southern, who was actually banned from the U.K. for speaking out against Islam.
Since the U.K. now has a very large population of Muslim people, so-called “blasphemy” laws have been enacted in some areas that prohibit speaking out against Islam – even when doing so aligns with the Christian principle of evangelism.
Christian persecution is also a very serious problem in communist China, from which the U.S. obtains many consumer goods. According to the Open Doors annual report, the Chinese government routinely invades the homes of Christians, as well as their churches, which is why Christianity largely has to be practiced in secret there.
“Another one of the key ways we are able to highlight these atrocities is through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the U.N.,” says the ACLJ.
“We are able to submit reports detailing human rights abuses in a particular Member State that is up for review through our international affiliate with consultative status as a Non-Governmental-Organization with the U.N., the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ). We have used this process for years to highlight the status of Christians in particular Member States.”
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