Christian Persecution

By: Woody Godbey

Every month 322 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 churches and Christian’s properties are destroyed and 722 forms of violence are committed against Christians such as beatings, abductions, rapes, arrest and forced marriages.

You may be asking, what is Christian persecution? Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one's identification as a Christian. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.

I was reading this morning that over 75% of the world's population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.

True liberty requires great personal sacrifice. It is truth that has existed since the beginning of time. Those who live or have lived in liberty are a very small percentage of mankind in all of history. The blood shed for liberty by Americans, beginning with the American Revolution, the civil war, the World Wars and many other conflicts, is only part of the total cost of liberty. Men and women fought and died, laying down their lives for friends and fellow countrymen. I'm not trying to promote a party but Christianity has suffered loss of more freedoms during the present day than any other time in our history especially what is taking place in Syria and Iraq.

I guess my question this morning is this, will Americans ignore their responsibility and duty to oversee and protect something so precious? Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” The verse simply means they had been freed from the bondage of rites and ceremonies; and they should by no means, and in no form, yield to them again. But it is not unreasonable to cry out to every American, “Rise up! The future of liberty is in your hands. Restore liberty to its rightful place as our precious gift from God.” Let the goats running this country know that we are a Christian nation! God Bless!!