“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the word, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the world that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”
According to Open Doors ministries each month: 322 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 Churches and Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 forms of violence are committed against Christians. These violent crimes include beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests and forced marriages.
The World Watch List contains 50 countries in which shows the levels of persecutions of Christians and shows them as Extreme, Severe, Moderate and Sparse. The top 10 include North Korea, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Libya.
“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3
We have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters to assist them, and to stand up for them. Open Doors and Voice of the Martyrs ministries are some ways that you can get involved. In addition there are several issues here in the United States that need to be address to assist Christians here in the states. Organizations like the ACLJ and WND report that while the exact rise in the rate of christian persecution is hard to determine, they have seen a significant rise in attempts to silence Christian organizations in the last few years. WND reported in February that the city of New York was attempting to cancel leases of all church and religious groups renting facilities, citing that government facilities such a public schools, should not be used by religious groups.
I know that allot of Christians don’t believe they should be involved in politics, however, your rights and freedoms are being summarily taken while you sit in front of your TV. You need to get involved and stand for your faith and the right to exercise your beliefs.