The president of an organization that reports on the global persecution of Christians recently penned an op-ed in which he lamented the American Church’s lack of interest in the suffering of their brothers and sisters in other countries.
David Curry, the president of Open Doors USA, which also publishes an annual World Watch List on the 50 most dangerous places to live as a Christian, noted that hostility against Christians is increasing everywhere in article published by USA Today. Yet, it is ho-hum to many because it does not involve events on American soil.
He provided an example, noting that in May, abductors interrupted a church choir practice and kidnapped 17 Christians. Some may never see their families again. Some of the women may be raped, sold into slavery, or forced to marry jihadists. But it is far from the only incident in Nigeria, where 3,731 Christians were killed just last year.
“If such violence had occurred in Nashville rather than Nigeria, it would dominate nightly news broadcasts and saturate social media feeds. American churches would be launching fundraising campaigns for victims’ families and addressing it in their weekly gatherings. In this case, however, the American Church has barely acknowledged it,” Curry said.
“Unfortunately, when violence occurs somewhere ‘over there’ instead of in our backyard, it is often dismissed as just another story. American churches must do better,” he stated.
Curry outlined that one in every nine Christians worldwide suffers for their faith, and it is
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