The Saga Continues Against Christians
Persecution of Christians continues in certain parts of the world, mostly in the Middle East and throughout South and Southeast Asia. However, it rarely gets much attention especially in the Western media.
Church clergy and members in the West turn a blind eye. Pope Francis, like many Protestant clerics in the West, is more concerned about the social issues of the left. He’s spoken out only occasionally against discrimination. This discrimination sometimes includes imprisonment and far worse.
The persecution statistics are horrific: More than 300 people are murdered monthly throughout the world because of their Christian faith. Two hundred houses of worship are destroyed monthly. The Pew Center, an American secular research organization, gives grave estimates. They report more than 75 percent of the world’s population lives in areas of rampant religious persecution, mostly against Christians.
…Thousands of Christians Killed Annually, Estimates Suggest
The Middle East, the cradle of the three great religions, has the highest toll of martyrs. On Palm Sunday (2017), preceding Easter by a week, two suicide bombings blasted. They were by Muslim fanatics that killed 45 persons and injured many more in two Egyptian Coptic churches.
Egypt, with the largest Christian minority in the region, counts the largest number of victims. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity is an academic research center that monitors worldwide demographic trends, also provided estimates. They researched that in the decade ending last year thousands of Christians were killed annually.
Persecution of Christians is part of a general pattern of repression. It occurs in many of these areas, but it takes on a peculiar character. This is because to oppose repression is sometimes inhibited by a lack of understanding of the nature of Islam.
Often Leaves Minimal Hope for Real Reconciliation
Indonesia, for example, briefly tried a break with secular power after independence in 1945. However, they now beset with radical Islamic groups attempting to establish Islam as state-imposed belief. Indeed, in much of the Islamic world the concept of faith as understood in the West is not something voluntarily held in the human heart.
It is not to be imposed by the state by birth or by law, but a political ideology. Short of an Islamic reformation, like the reformation that transformed both the Jewish and the Christian faiths, there is probably minimal hope for authentic reconciliation.
Selah (article based and referenced washington post war against Christians)
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