Persecution against religious minorities – especially Christians – is growing.
Christians have been crucified … Mothers have seen their children beheaded … Children have seen their mothers raped…
Every 30 minutes, a Christian is being killed.
In the past, the silence was deafening…
No one – including the U.S. – stood up.
But that’s now changing.
The U.S. now has official leadership and a voice to help the persecuted in countries such as:
- Cuba – the communist regime regularly steals church property and destroys church buildings, imprisons pastors, arrests Christian activists and confiscates Bibles.
- Nigeria – physical injury, death, loss of property and loss of livelihood are commonplace in the Muslim-dominated northern part of the country.
- Pakistan – Christians are treated as second-class citizens in education and in job opportunities … Converts from Islam are persecuted or killed for blasphemy.
- Russia – Evangelism in homes, online or anywhere but recognized church buildings is prohibited … Jehovah’s Witnesses are banned – accused of violating anti-extremism laws.
- Burma – now known as Myanmar, military attacks on Christians include landmine explosions, rape of women, indiscriminate killing of believers and forced displacement.
- China – all Christians are slandered, but converts from Muslim or Buddhist backgrounds are especially targeted with threats … many are physically harmed or killed … children are taken from their parents … public expressions of faith are prohibited.
These and other countries need to know that human rights and freedom of religion violations must be reported.
I met with Sam Brownback – the new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
He has a heart, passion and determination to make changes in the way the U.S. responds to religious persecution – and to be a strong advocate of international religious freedom.
He knows what to do … He knows how to do it … He knows the time is short.
His position is one of the most important positions in the Trump administration for several reasons:
- Religious freedom is the foundation of all other freedoms
- There is more religious persecution in the world today than ever before
- International religious freedom is one of the few truly non-partisan issues in Washington
- Religious freedom is fundamental to our identity as Americans … and is essential to our national security
During his swearing in ceremony, Brownback stated:
“If you want more security and less terrorism in your country, have more religious freedom. It’s a byproduct, a fruit of more security and peace. It’s in all the data and now we need to spread it to all the world.”
As a former Senator, Brownback understands the intricacies of Capitol Hill … introducing numerous pieces of key human rights legislation.
He is empowered to help those of all faiths world-wide who are being persecuted because of their religion.
He will also lead the efforts of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) – an independent, bipartisan federal government commission.
Let’s all pray for Sam Brownback.
Let’s have our churches pray for him…
Let’s pray God protects and encourages him in this battle.
What do you think? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org