Many Christians will join in prayer this weekend for persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide as they honor the annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. According to Open Doors USA, more than 100 million Christians worldwide face interrogation, incarceration, and threats to their lives because of their faith.
The Voice of the Martyrs provides much information on recent persecutions on its blog, and in one post this week challenges us, “Yes, we are our brother's keeper. Being our brother's keeper means giving voice to their stories. It is standing in solidarity with our persecuted family. It is praying for them - and with them. It is following their example, and learning from them. It is assisting them with both spiritual and practical assistance. It is standing, arm-in-arm, as we embrace the cross of Jesus Christ together.”
Violence against Christians has gained increased attention in the nation’s capital, particularly after outrages in Africa and the Middle East. In light of these attacks, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, earlier this year called on government and faith leaders in the United States to stand up against this persecution.”
"The stories and the images of abuse and violence are real. They are happening now and cannot be ignored," stated Dr. Johnson. "The White House and Congress must take steps to halt this wicked persecution, and leaders of churches and ministries in the United States must be a loud voice on behalf of our Christian brothers and sisters, and indeed any religious minority, in the Middle East and around the world."
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: October 31, 2014