Worldwide Persecution Against Christians and Other Religious Minorities Has Exploded: 7 Developments Every Christian Should Know About

Craig HueyInternational, Religious Liberties & The Persecuted Church2 Comments

In the U.S. we are very aware of the attacks on synagogues, mosques, and churches.

But very few people are aware of the many arrests of those who would create terror among the population.

For example, Mark Steven Domingo was taken into custody by the FBI for plotting to blow up the Santa Monica pier in southern California. Domingo is a radical Islamic terrorist.

The terror of over 300 Christians being slaughtered on Easter Sunday should have captured the news headlines … and there should have been open discussions as to what to do, worldwide.

But there was silence.

And regarding the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran, and other countries … there has been media silence.

Here are 7 current event developments every Christian should know about … and should be praying about:

  1. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) just released out its 20th report on the most repressive countries for people of faith.

The report highlights the worst abusers of religious freedom … and it offers recommendations to the Trump administration for the role the U.S. could play in ending the human suffering.

  1. The report lists the top 10 countries of particular concern for religious oppression and persecution.

The top 10 worst countries for religious oppression (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • China
  • Eritrea
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  1. Persecution of religious minorities is especially escalating in China.

The Chinese government regularly pulls crosses off church steeples … and bulldozes other churches and church buildings to the ground.

The government has also forced Bible-believing churches that post the 10 commandments inside their buildings to remove the first commandment.

Christians aren’t the only persecuted religious minority in China…

Concentration camps have been set up for Uyghur Muslims … and a government crackdown is escalating against Falun Gong practitioners.

  1. The U.S. State Department needs to speak out against attacks on religious liberty.

The U.S. government at all levels should speak out against blasphemy laws in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

The State Department should also give attention to other hotbeds of persecution such as:

  • Central African Republic
  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Russia
  • Syria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

Christians in these countries are being marginalized … discriminated against … restricted from being able to worship freely … and some are being imprisoned, beaten and tortured for their faith.

The hatred and violence is spreading…

For example, churches, businesses and Christian homes are under attack in India as national Hindis are increasing their governmental influence and power.

  1. The softest targets are the ones being exploited the most by terrorists.

Federal and local government agencies work hard to provide security for hard targets such as power plants and government buildings.

More needs to be done to provide at least some security for churches, synagogues and mosques.

  1. The USCIRF report gives specific recommendations to the Department of State and Department of Defense.

One key recommendation is to partner with foreign governments to train and equip local officials to provide better protection for places of worship.

Another is to impose sanctions and other deterrence measures against at least the 10 countries with the worst levels of religious oppression.

Our trade talks with China should not just be about tariffs and jobs. They should also be linked to assurances and actions by the Chinese government to end its hostility toward religious freedom.

  1. The Trump administration takes worldwide threats to religious freedom very seriously.

The USCIRF report highlights the efforts of the Trump administration to secure the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey last year.

We reported on this event in several articles. Click here for the latest one.

Last year I attended the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. – sponsored by the State Department. In that historic meeting, a coordinated effort by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, and Vice President Mike Pence sought to encourage countries to support and defend religious freedom.

Only a few countries agreed…

We still have a long way to go in convincing world leaders to guarantee freedom of worship and religious expression in their countries.

But prayer changes the world. It always has and always will…

Actions to Take:

  1. Pray that God will strengthen the persecuted church – and persecuted believers – around the world. (Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 41:10; 1 Peter 5:8-10)
  2. Pray that God will change the hearts of world leaders and cause them to end religious oppression and provide religious freedom. (Psalm 86:9; Proverbs 21:1)
  3. Pray that God will lead our own government officials to take steps necessary to protect – and rescue if necessary – modern-day Christian martyrs around the world. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

What do you think? Email me at [email protected]

Here are the rest of this week’s articles:

2 Comments on “Worldwide Persecution Against Christians and Other Religious Minorities Has Exploded: 7 Developments Every Christian Should Know About”

  1. We fled communism in 1945 from Ukraine and now it is already here. This started way back in the ’60’s.
    This cancer spread from schools, universities and now it ended up on congvress. The very same people that are working against our liberties. Craig, I hope America wakes up soon. I feel there is a sense of urgency.The attack on Christianity also comes in form of abortion, social re-engineering, indoctrination, illegal immigration etc.

    We need more warriors to continue the fight for Christ.

  2. There is a terrible evil at work in this country: it is called Satan and he is using the Democratic Party and Deep State to undermine and destroy our nation. The same being is using governments around the world to try to destroy the Christian Church. He never will! He has already been defeated by One far greater, the Lord, Jesus Christ. Until He comes again, we keep our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the world in prayer. We pray for President Trump to remain strong in his resolve to influence other world leaders and government officials to cease persecution of minorities. Lord, please don’t tarry.

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