Perhaps the gravest under-publicized atrocity in the world is the persecution of Christians. Did you know that 100,000 Christians a year are murdered because of their faith? National Review
Christians should not be surprised by this. Jesus warned his followers:
“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.” Luke 21:12
Turkey – On April 18, 2007, Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske were brutally murdered at a Christian publishing house in Malatya, a city in southeastern Turkey. Five young Islamists bound and tortured the two Turkish Christians and one German Christian before killing them at the Zirve Publishing House.
I have chosen this way knowingly and I know that this was my choice so I don’t have a problem with it. But I am more worried about my husband because of the way I feel about him. During the day when I think about my husband being arrested, when I consider all these things I come to the point and I think I know I love Jesus more than this and I may even give up my husband for the love I have for God.
Russell in Colombia: Russell spreads the gospel to Marxist FARC guerrillas in the nation of Colombia….”in the midst of the chaos, brave Christians in Colombia are risking their lives to spread the gospel…” Russell purchased an airplane, and today that plane flies over FARC-controlled areas of Colombia dropping small packages attached to parachutes.
Shuang Shuying – age 79 China –
“…The PSB went to my prison interrogating, threatening and harassing me numerous times,” Shuying said. “They even directed other prisoners to take off all my clothes and forced me to stand alone outside in the evening without letting me sleep.” Shuying added she was slapped on her face and forced to drink her own urine. Despite these harsh conditions, Shuying’s faith remained strong.
Leading the Way – In Libya, Gozaif knows that given the situation he is likely to face persecution. He will lose his home and family, and likely be tortured. And yet, having seen a glimpse of the Truth, he presses on, asking, “Please, help me learn Christianity… if not because of me, then let it be because of Jesus who came, with His light into my heart.”
In the year 2010 in Iraq, many Christians were killed and others forced to leave their homeland. Among the Christian victims of 2010 there are 33 children, 25 elderly and 14 religious. In 2010 Hammurabi recorded 92 cases of Christians killed and 47 wounded, 68 in Baghdad, 23 in Mosul and one in Erbil. This was one year alone. The killing did not begin or end in 2010.
In Egypt, a 12 year old boy was given a three year prison sentence for insulting Islam.
When we in America feel persecuted, we only need to look around us and know that any amount of persecution we have endured is nothing compared to what is happening in 197 countries around the world. In the U.S.A. we have the opportunity to witness and help these people through ministries such as Open Door, Leading the Way – Help the Persecution
In Oklahoma there are Christians seeking to help those persecuted around the world. In 2003 The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) announced a partnership with Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OWU) to offer an undergraduate degree and certificate program in Christian Missions and Persecuted Church Ministry.
Here is how Christ wants us to respond to persecution. It isn’t easy!
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Romans 12:14