Creeping Vines of Persecution

In recent months, stories of the persecution of Christians around the world have been making news. And recently, persecution in more subtle forms has occurred in the U.S.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been imprisoned in Iran for converting to Christianity and preaching it. He lives under a daily threat of death. And now, his attorney has also been imprisoned.

Kuwait’s Royal Prince Abdullah al-Sabah converted to Christianity. He said, “If they kill me because of it, then I will appear before Jesus Christ and I will be with Jesus Christ forever. I will accept whatever they do to me, because the truth in the Bible has guided me towards the right path.” Even though he’s a member of the royal family, he still could face execution.

Coptic Christians in Egypt face death and brutality. Christians in China must meet in secret or face persecution.

According to the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is restricted.

It’s coming home to our shores. Atheists have filed suit to have a WWII war memorial in Montana, which is a statue of Jesus, removed, even though the Supreme Court has ruled that such statues are constitutional. Atheist groups also file suit to stop prayer and Bible study groups in schools.

Our Founding Fathers escaped religious persecution. When they established the United States, they made religious freedom the highest priority. However, the current U.S. government doesn’t include religious freedom anymore in the Human Rights Report that it releases every year.

In August, 2011, the Health and Human Services Department announced that organizations would be required to include contraception coverage for their employees, no matter what their religious beliefs. A broad spectrum of religious institutions began filing suit. The latest institution to file suit is Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.

Write to Stand Against Religious Persecution

It’s easy to think we’re safe from persecution. But, that’s no longer true.

How can you use your writing to sound the alarm? What is your passion, worldwide persecution of Christians or the erosion of Christian liberty at home? How can you inspire other Christians to act?

The Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors are two organizations that are working to protect Christians around the world. The ACLJ fights to protect religious liberty at home. Consider contacting these organizations for interviews. What other organizations can you contact?

As writers, we can keep this issue in front of our readers. We can’t stay quiet. The lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ depend on it.

© Deborah Christensen

Photo: Courtesy of ACLJ.org

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Posted on July 19, 2012, in inspiration, writing, writing ideas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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