Most people hearing the name Saudi Arabia think of oil, few contemplate its grave human rights abuses. Practicing a brutal version of Islam called Wahhabism, which recognizes no other religious or social system than that dictated by its version of shari’ah, Saudi Arabia specialises in amputations, stonings, beheadings and public hangings.
All Saudi citizens must be Muslim by law, non-Muslim religions are banned. Christianity is illegal, and there are no Church buildings. The religious police stalk the streets mercilessly enforcing shari’ah. Sermons and school text books preach hatred of Jews, Christians and Western countries. Ultimately Saudi Arabia is a perfect example of how shari’ah and democracy are incompatible.
Immensely wealthy from Western avarice for cheap oil, Saudi Arabia exports Wahhabi extremism globally through foreign investment. It also donates large sums of money to leading Australian universities, on the condition they promote greater acceptance of Islam, even though Saudi Arabia doesn’t ‘tolerate’ Christianity!
The tiny indigenous Saudi Arabian Christian community operates in extreme secrecy as discovery means imprisonment, torture and execution. Although foreign Christians aren’t prohibited from private worship, they’re also subjected to brutality if discovered. Nevertheless Saudi Christians remain faithful to Christ, and witness to others even though to do so places their lives in great danger.
Pray God will protect Saudi Arabian Christians, casting a cloud over them to conceal them from the authorities, and give them strength to remain firm in their faith. Pray the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ will shine into this dark nation and bring a great harvest of souls to salvation.