PERSECUTION & Reasons Christianity May Be the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

by Laura McAlister, 8/10/14

Last night, I asked my family what percentage of religious persecution in the world they thought was directed at Christians.

They guessed about 30%. After all, they said, Christians are about one-third of the global population so that would make sense, right?

When I told them it was closer to 80%, they initially refused to believe me. Safe in our prosperous, post-Christian Australian culture, it seemed almost absurd. Yet, we have daily, horrifying proof of this reality…

In his book The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution John Allen cites the work of German scholar Thomas Schirrmacher, an Evangelical Christian human rights activist. Although Schirrmacher acknowledges the deep complexity of this global tragedy, he shows that there are some significant socio-political reasons Christians are so disproportionately persecuted.

He gives 10 points but I think we can summarise them in six — with one more reason which is by far the most important.

1. Christianity — Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal — is growing dramatically in the what is often called the Global South…

2. Christianity is growing rapidly in some of the most dangerous areas of the world…

3. Christianity is often seen as a form of Western imperialism and identified with “the West..”

4. Christians are often at the forefront of promoting human rights and democracy as well as opposing violence, corruption, and exploitation of the poor…

5. Christians have their ultimate allegiance to the Kingdom of God which is not of this world…

6. Christians, on the whole, reject violence and retribution…

7. Christians are persecuted because Christ is persecuted…

Read more at: http://www.ignitumtoday.com/2014/08/10/7-reasons-christianity-persecuted-religion-world/#sthash.HOm7WdYL.dpuf