DID YOU KNOW? Christians are the most persecuted religion in the world!
215 million PEOPLE ARE PERSECUTED FOR THEIR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS!
1 in 12 CHRISTIANS EXPERIENCE PERSECUTION including death, rape, imprisonment, loss of property, forced marriage, separation from family and physical violence.
255 Christians are killed
104 are abducted
66 churches are attacked
180 Christian women are raped, sexually harassed or forced into marriage
SINCE 2005 1 MILLION CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN MARTYRED
MORE CHRISTIANS DIED FOR THEIR FAITH DURING THE PAST 100 YEARS THAN IN ALL PRIOR CENTURIES COMBINED SINCE THE BIRTH OF JESUS
In the 1970’s, there was a small group of Jews who very quietly became a campaign to assist the oppressed Jews to immigrate out of the USSR. Their effort was simple but effective. They distributed simple signs that read “Save the soviet Jews,” to be displayed outside churches and synagogues across America. This simple movement has been credited as a powerful political movement and catalyst for the policy changes that contributed to the end the USSR.
SAVE THE PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS is a similar movement in America to raise the general awareness of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world that need our support, comfort and prayers. (savethepersecutedchristians.org) On their website they have simple ways that you can support their efforts.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
BECAUSE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT!
Religious liberty is at the very core of human dignity. Every human being has an innate desire to know what is real or true! This quest for truth forms the foundation of the fabric of society. This quest for truth weaves what our beliefs into how we live our lives together. Humans understand that this weaving process comes from the quest for truth that empowers each person toward their greater personal destiny and unites mankind into the basic units of society. Included in this discovery is the human quest for a higher power found in truth beyond the normal human experience on which to build a better life for themselves. This truth has been embodied into various expressions of “God.” Religious liberty becomes a basic human right because it points to each individual’s right of spiritual self-discovery and expression. Therefore, the expression of that discovery is an imperative that is forever linked to that discovery. Without freedom of speech, freedom of religion will soon be lost. At the same time, no religion should have the authority to limit another person’s freedom of self-discovery by imposing their beliefs on others within the community.
Religious intolerance proceeds from blindness to our shared fellowship in the quest for the Ultimate Truth. It is acted upon as a result of insecurity in the value of their own expression. Religion will rise and fall on its’ own merits not by the strength or violence of its’ adherence. Intolerance is a sign of uncertainty. In the practical application of life, religion bears its’ own fruit. When the basic tenets of that religion are practiced and lived in the practical everyday life of individuals, then the basic principle of “life and death” will provide proof of its’ value. The practice of basic religious beliefs creates the crucible of practicality. If it produces a higher quality of life for the person then that person is compelled to pursue it. If it does not, they should discard it and seek a greater enlightenment.
It is in this culture of life that each individual can reach his own conclusion of truth. The culture of freedom and self-discovery will allow the ultimate truth to surface and find its’ full potential and expression. The right to pursue this truth demands respect and protection within the fabric of society because this self-discovery is at the very heart of being human and is the very definition of FREEDOM.
In 1998 the Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act which codifies our commitment to religious around the world. This year the State Department under Secretary Pompeo and taken this issue to the front of the world stage! Already we are seeing people’s lives changing. Just this week we have seen Pastor Andrew Brunson released from a prison in Turkey. Of the top 50 countries sited by the organization called Save the Persecuted Christians for religious persecution, 46 are in the Muslim world.
What can you do to raise awareness of the persecution Christians?
It is imperative that we in the United States Understands the Threat of Islam and the dangers it holds for all that love and pursue their personal journey of faith.
This is why we must defend our way of life for America and the West. This is why we fight.