Here at home, we are (rightly) concerned about antisemitic violence. Internationally, another group is getting hit with the blunt end of the pool cue.
It’s easy for smug secular leftists to look out at the majority position that Christians (allegedly) hold in America and convince themselves that Christians are in a global position of power, and need no protection.
Or worse, to assume that Christians somehow ‘deserve’ anything they get.
The actual stats of religiously-motivated international violence do not bear that out. In fact, if the stats that Christians have wracked up internationally for how we have been targets of violence and mistreatment were true of any other group, the Left would lock arms and claim it as their new ‘protected’ victim class.
But, with their natural antipathy to all things Christian and Western, this obviously would never happen.
Here is a short clip to put things in perspective.
The Islamic persecution of Christians (& other non-Muslim minorities) throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa has become genocide.
Christians are murdered & churches are burned in Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, Syria, Iraq etc.
Why is the UN silent?pic.twitter.com/89EVFf9liQ
— Alicia (@Alicia05972932) January 1, 2020
How many of these stories did you see on the evening news here at home?
Even news friendly to Christianity can’t keep up with all the attacks against them around the world.
We don’t have any hard stats yet for 2019, but we do have some stories from last year that should give us pause.
In the past year, the number of Christians experiencing severe persecution increased by around 14 percent, according to Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List.
Open Doors, a ministry focused on global persecution awareness and aid, releases a persecution watch list each year reporting on the top 50 countries where Christians are suffering for their faith.
In the last year, the number of Christians experiencing high levels of persecution climbed 30 million to 245 million. In total, 1 in 9 Christians experiences high levels of persecution.
During their most recent reporting period, 4,136 Christians were killed for their faith, which means an average of 11 Christians are martyred every day. In addition, 2,625 Christians were imprisoned without trial and 1,266 churches or Christian buildings were attacked. Source: FactsAndTrends
What five major trends did that story pick up on? Counting up from #5: Increased laws controlling religion; radical Islam spreading in Sub-saharan Africa; two largest nations on the list; Islamic oppression impacting millions; and #1 — shocking persecution against Christian women.
That’s why it mattered when Trump addressed the UN the way he did last September.
While Democrats were busy cooking up a scheme to oust Trump, Trump was busy trying to make people of faith — every faith — freer to worship God wherever they were in the world.
Here is a sampling of a few current headlines from Persecution, a site dedicated to Christians in harm’s way, internationally:
Turkey Arrests Syriac Priest and Two Other Christians // Church Leaders in India Speak Out Against New Citizenship Law // Extremists Responsible For 250 Deaths in Burkina Faso // Libya Announces Site of 21 Christian Martyrs // India’s Christians See Challenges Ahead in 2020 // Indonesian Activist Charged for Highlighting Christian Persecution // Supreme Court to Consider Ending Decades of Discrimination Against India’s Low Caste Christians // Imprisoned Chinese Pastor’s Church Vows to Keep Fighting
There are others. A lot of them.
Leftists scratch their heads and wonder why Christians could ‘possibly’ support a President such as Trump. They just don’t get it.
They look past the things that Christians DO care about as somehow irrelevant. For example:
Our Founders understood that no right was more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions. Regrettably, the religious freedom enjoyed by US citizens is rare in the world. Approximately 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted, or even banned. And when I heard that number I said please go back and check it, because it can’t possibly be correct. And sadly, it was. 80%.
As we speak, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Yezidis, and many other people of faith are being jailed, sanctioned, tortured and even murdered, often at the hands of their own government, simply for expressing their deeply-held religious beliefs. So hard to believe.
Today with one clear voice, the United States of America calls on the nations of the world to end religious persecution: To stop the crimes against people of faith, release prisoners of conscience, repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief, protect the vulnerable, the defenceless and the oppressed. America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts.
As President, protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities, and always had been.
That was part of his speech to the UN.
Find the rest here: WATCH: Trump Is First POTUS To Champion Religious Freedom In Address To UN
We care about stuff like THAT.
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