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March 2014 News

Do we care about the persecuted Church?

  • Written by  Mark Wilson
Little is made of the persecution of Christians in India

Across the world today, religious persecution has reached epidemic proportions, with Christians now reported to be the most severely persecuted of any faith. 

Events in Iraq and Syria have been most in the news, and it’s heartbreaking to hear of the inexcusably brutal treatment of Christians by Muslim militias.

Yet there are many other countries where Christians suffer, but their plight rarely makes the headlines, for example India or Myanmar (Burma).

Sadly persecution, or at least harassment, exists in more nations than religious freedom.

Given many oppressed Christians wonder if the rest of the world has forgotten them, it’s concerning that so much of the Church in the West conveniently overlooks their predicament.

Persecution is a difficult topic, not easily covered in the modern Church where most people attend with the expectation they’ll return home feeling good.

But does that mean we avoid the topic? Definitely not! What should our response be? 

The letter to the Corinthians says that as a body when one suffers all suffer, and that the body of Christ care for one another. Not pass by on the other side of the road.

Whether we pray, donate, write, or sign petitions, there’s something everyone can do.

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