I have been thinking about religious persecution lately. In my Christian history class we are reading about many of the early Christian martyrs. The other day I came across a news feed on CNN about the annual report on religious persecution around the world. It can be easy to forget in the West where we enjoy religious liberty that many people around the globe are not so lucky.
Religious persecution exists in many parts of the globe thanks to communism, radical Islam and other religious sects, including some who claim to be Christians. We need to realize that many Christians in this modern age have died for the Gospel.
The universal Church must pray for and support these brothers and sisters who suffer for the Gospel. They truly answer the call issued by Jesus to take up their cross and follow Him.
Religious Freedom Links
A great ministry to consider supporting is the Voice of the Martyrs (www.persecution.com)
The U.S. State Department Report on Religious Freedom can be found at http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2007/
U.S. report briefing summary http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/rm/2007/92101.htm