2015 has been a very trying year for Christians across the planet, particularly those who find themselves struggling to survive in the Muslim world. Each day brings new harrowing stories of pain, torture and death, and the one connecting ribbon between the stories is that the suffering comes because those being killed are Christians.
What is shocking is that the persecution may be occurring on levels that are so severe we can’t even wrap our minds around it.
A few years ago the International Conference on Inter-religious dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims announced the results of a study they conducted. According to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, “Every five minutes, a Christian is killed for his faith.” The study further revealed that more than 105,000 Christians are martyred for their faith every year, and this number does not include the hundreds of thousands killed as casualties of war. The 105,000 murdered are those singled out for death based solely on their religious belief.
Bishop John McAreavey, the chairman of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, told Breitbart News just a few months ago that even today attacks on Christians or underreported, but nonetheless are today higher than ever before.
At least 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their faith, which amounts to 273 per day, or eleven every hour, McAreavey said, without mentioning those who are “being tortured, imprisoned, exiled, threatened, excluded, attacked and discriminated against on a widespread scale.”
In a sobering presentation before the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade this past week, McAreavey said that Christianity is the most oppressed religion in the world, and the followers of Jesus are actively persecuted in some 110 countries.
More striking still, he contended, according to the International Society for Human Rights, a non-religious organization, “80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians.”
Christians today face as much persecution as our forefathers in the Roman Empire did. While we in the West have thus far escaped mostly unscathed, our brothers and sisters have been pouring out their blood. Shame on us for not sharing in their burdens. Shame on us for not broadcasting their pain. We must engage, we must demand that our politicians get involved and push for change around the world. We cannot allow our brothers and sisters to be led as lambs to slaughter without mounting a defense, without lifting a finger to offer any help. Today it is them, tomorrow it could very well be us.
Please call, write, email or visit your representatives and tell them to help the persecuted church around the world.
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