Many people may think that Christian persecution is something that happened in the past, but it is still occurring today. Ways that Christians are being persecuted include: physical and verbal abuse, imprisonment, kidnappings, bribes, deportation, destruction of property, fines, torture, and even murder (Christian Persecution Today).
These are forms of punishment that a person should not have to face for practicing their faith. Additionally, “Every day, 13 Christians worldwide are killed because of their faith, 12 churches or Christian buildings are attacked and 12 Christians are unjustly arrested or imprisoned, while another 5 are abducted” (Bordoni). These statistics are unsettling, even if you are not a Christian. This horrific persecution is mostly happening in the countries of North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, and India.
In Sudan Christians are also being persecuted, with women facing sexual violence. However, they did abolish “the death penalty for apostasy ad guaranteeing freedom of religion in its new Constitution after three decades of Islamic Law” (Bordoni). This is a step in the right direction, but any type of persecution is inexcusable.
Not all Christians are being persecuted on as such an extreme level as the previous examples. Persecution is also happening to Christians on social media apps. The popular app TikTok is one of them with many creators saying that “Christian content is often censored and removed from TikTok” (Vandenboom). Whether this is true or not, looking through the comment section on a Christian TikTok, one can see the disrespect towards the Christian faith.
Another way Christians are being persecuted on the app is by being banned from going live. Jay’Vion Lawrence Austin is a Christian rapper and singer on TikTok and after having Bible studies over live stream, he was banned from going live on the app, supposedly over age concerns. However, Austin is 18 years old (Vandenboom).
By teaching about and speaking out about the injustice that Christians all over the world are facing in many different ways, Christian persecution can hopefully one day actually become a thing of the past.
Bordoni, Linda. “13 Christians Killed Every Day in the World Because of Their Faith.” Vatican News, Dicasterium pro Communicatione, 13 Jan. 2021, www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-01/report-open-doors-christians-persecuted.html.
“Christian Persecution Today.” Open Doors, Open Doors , 13 Jan. 2021, www.opendoors.org.za/christian-persecution/christian-persecution-today/.
Vandenboom, Liza. “Christian TikTok Videos Are Censored and Deleted in the US, Creators Say.” Religion Unplugged, The Media Project, 11 Sept. 2020, religionunplugged.com/news/2020/5/28/christian-tiktok-content-is-often-censored-and-deleted-creators-say.Tags: Christian persecution RHS