Today, I am pondering and thinking about the lives of persecuted Christians around the world. I live in Australia and here, we are free to worship and even go out of the streets to openly preach and speak the name of Jesus Christ. In the Western countries, we are so countable yet there so much lukewarmness towards the Gospel. Professing Christians are so entangled with worldly pursuits and materialism that many are not really thinking about their persecuted brothers and sisters.
Browsing on the news, I read that in Pakistan, “religious NGOs and Muslim leaders in Pakistan stand accused of refusing aid to Christians and other religious minorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in spite of the fact that religious minority communities are among the worst hit by the pandemic and its economic effect. (full story here)” In India, COVID-19 Pandemic being used as smokescreen for attacks on Christians. Open Doors reported that in just the last year, there have been:
- Over 260 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution
- 2,983 Christians killed for their faith
- 9,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked.
- 3,711 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
Let us continue to pray for our persecuted Brothers and Sisters around the world.
VIDEO: One Ruler – The Power of Persecuted Church
Documentary Information: Name: One Ruler – The Power of Persecuted Church Directing: Ruut Ahonen; Interviewees: Bob Fu, Yassir Eric, and Susanna Kokkonen; Length: 41 minutes; Language: English (subtitled: in Finnish) Publishing: December 2019 Producer: Mika Ahonen; Production: Hurttimurtti
Tags: Christian documentary, Christian persecution, Power of Persecuted Church, persecuted Christians