Olivia at International Christian Concern email@example.com prin e2ma.net
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Dear Ardleean Viorel,
This is the second in a series of emails to familiarize you with ICC’s mission to serve persecuted Christians around the world.
In an ultimately sense, we know persecution exists because Jesus said: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18). Jesus made it clear that those bound in darkness would hate him, and in turn, his followers.
Today we look briefly at three factors—a mix of political, religious, social and cultural elements—that demonstrate how entrenched our world is in opposing Jesus.
Orel, Russia, November, 2016
A policeman appears to scrutinize a young man with a smartphone at a communist rally.
Communism: The Failed Creed Still Targets Christians
In communist countries like Cuba, China, Vietnam, Laos, and North Korea, governments view Christians and the Church as a potential contagion to be eradicated.
Simply put, the authorities in these countries target Christians for abuse because they worship Jesus Christ and not the Marxist regime.
Media, news and internet are tightly controlled so that the outside world hears as little as possible about the suffering inflicted upon Christians and other minority groups.
Yazidi refugees on Mount Sinjar, August 2014
Fleeing Islamic State militants, they had walked up to 60 kilometers in searing temperatures through the mountains. Many had suffered severe dehydration. (Photo: Rachel Unkovic, International Rescue Committee)
Radical Islam: Venting Its Full Fury on the Church
Fundamentalist Islam is vehemently opposed to other faiths, and in radical Muslim countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Indonesia, Christians suffer greatly.
Treatment ranges from job discrimination to brutal forms of persecution including the abduction, rape, and forced conversion of women, imprisonment, and murder.
Durga Puja Festival, Kolkata, India
Exterior of a pandal (temporary temple) for the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga Puja. Durga Puja is the religion’s largest festival.
Discrimination: The Universal Phenomenon
Sadly, Christian persecution often occurs because of fear and intolerance of that which is different. People groups who share towns, cities, or lands often clash over their divergent cultural and social practices.
In India, for example, the government has passed anti-conversion laws to protect the predominant religion, Hinduism. Radical Hindus exploit these laws to discriminate against, deny employment to, physically attack, and sometimes even murder Christians.