I have always had mixed feelings about believers in the U.S. who complain constantly about the persecution they experience for their faith. That is because there is a history of persecution of Christians with real blood on the ground. Actual blood. Torture. Corpses. And this is the reality today. I know people who have been killed. I’ve spoken in churches in other parts of the world where bullet holes are still visible. Christian persecution is real.
One cannot deny that there are strong anti-Christian cultural forces at work today in the U.S. which require thoughtful and substantive responses. Real apologetics (like the Christian leaders did in the second century to respond to the rumors and biases against them). Real witness. Not just complaining.
Then week before last I was stunned to see the cover of Newsweek magazine with the article title: “The War On Christians.” I thought it might be a sarcastic reference to religious rancor in the U.S. right now. But it wasn’t. It was a chilling report by Ayaan Hirsi Ali about the many places in the world where real martyrdom is occurring.
She calls this active Christian persecution Christophobia. It is happening today. We need to know; we need to care; we need to pray. For the details of this story you can read the details in Ayann Hirsi Ali‘s Newsweek article: “The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World.”