Given what’s been committed against Christians in some parts of the world in recent times this post is overdue.
According to the above TestTube News video, Christianity is practiced by a third of the world’s population, but in many areas its followers are being persecuted for their peaceful beliefs.
Here’s a graphic from the international NGO Open Doors that quickly puts the situation into perspective for you:
Much of it is occurring in the Middle East and the top half of Africa, where there have been forced conversions, women being raped and sold off as sex slaves, crucifixions and beheadings perpetuated by groups such as the brutal Islamic State.
Pope Francis has called it a form of genocide.
“In this third world war, waged piecemeal which are we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end,” the Pope said.
Ten worst countries for Christians
When broken down to a list of the 10 worst places to be a Christian, Open Doors says in their 2015 report that nine out of those countries are majority Muslim nations. Here is the list of the 10:
- North Korea
Open Door says that Islamic extremism is a significant engine of persecution in 40 of the 50 countries that make up their list in total on where it is most difficult to be a Christian.
“Islamic extremism has two global centers of gravity. One in the Arab Middle East, while the other is in sub-Saharan Africa, where in even Christian majority states individual Christians are experiencing unprecedented levels of exclusion, discrimination, and even violence,” says the report.
You’d think what is occurring to the Christians in parts of the world should be much bigger news than it is, and that more political leaders would speak up about it. For a further overview of what is occurring and why the media and the politicians are mostly silent, see below:
The rise of extremism witnessed in the troubled Middle East region has left the Christian community there with little hope for a future. As an example, there are now no more than 300,000 Christians in Iraq. In the early 1990s, it was home to around 1.2 million.
According to The New York Times, around a third of Syria’s Christians—600,000 people—have fled extremist Muslim groups, i.e., the Nusra Front and Islamic State.
But for over a decade, Open Doors has ranked the Stalinist state of North Korea as the very worst place to be a Christian. Being a follower of Jesus Christ is a crime in North Korea.
Currently, there are an estimated 300,000 Christians in North Korea, but Open Doors says that about 25 per cent of Christians are believed to be suffering in labor camps because they refused to worship founder Kim Il-Sung’s cult.
See an Open Doors video about one Christian woman’s experience in a labor camp:
Other communist countries where life is difficult for Christians as ranked by Open Doors are China (29), Vietnam (16), and Laos (28).