Pessimistic About the Future? You Need ‘Gospel Bearings’

The Gospel Coalition | 1/26/2017 | Staff
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One in every 12 Christians in the world lives in an area, or in a culture, in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden or punished, according to the latest report on global persecution by Open Doors USA.

For the past 26 years, the organization has published the Open Doors World Watch List, a global indicator of countries where human and religious rights are being violated, and those countries most vulnerable to societal unrest and destabilization.

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“Open Doors monitors the intensity faced by Christians around the world, and the World Watch List quantifies what we see,” said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA. “This year, as incidents of violence related to persecution have increased—especially those related to women, it is imperative we continue to advocate and call leaders to prioritize issues of religious freedom.”

Of the 215 million Christians that experience persecution, the most vulnerable are girls and women. Every day six women are raped, sexually harassed, or forced into marriage to a Muslim under threat of death due to their Christian faith, says the report. Open Doors USA documented 2,260 such incidences against women—a number they say only covers “those who had the courage to report such an incident, and is estimated to be a mere fraction of those actually raped and harassed in this way.”

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Based on the report’s research, the top 10 nations where Christians found it most dangerous and difficult to practice their faith in 2017 were:

How Christians are Suffering: “If Christians are discovered, no matter if they are heirs of the Christian communities from before the Korean War or found the Christian faith in other ways – e.g. during the great famine in the 1990s (which caused tens of thousands of citizens to seek help in China) – not only are they deported to labor camps as political...
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