Congressional Hearing: Christians Worldwide Being Targeted for Their Faith

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Congressional Hearing: Christians Worldwide Being Targeted for Their Faith

By Heather Clark | Christiannews.com

Smith-300x211Christians are the most persecuted group in the world, but most in the West don’t identify with the persecuted Church, a Congressional hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee contended this week.

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) opened the hearing by outlining various reports of Christian persecution in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria. He told the story of Habila Adamu, a Nigerian businessman who was shot for his faith in November 2012.

“[M]asked gunmen armed with AK-47 entered his home. They told his wife to leave, as they were here to ‘do the work of Allah,’” Smith explained, noting that moments later the men asked Adamu if he was a Christian and why he had not accepted Islam.

“I am a Christian. We are also preaching the gospel of the true God to you and to other people who do not yet know God,” Adamu replied to the gunmen.

“Habila, are you ready to die as a Christian?” then men asked. “I am ready to die as a Christian,” Adamu replied.

“They asked him again, ‘Are you ready to die as a Christian?’” Smith relayed. “[Adamu] replied, ‘I am ready,’ and before he had closed his mouth, a bullet ripped through him.”

Adamu miraculously survived. Smith held up a photo to show where the bullet had exited the Christian’s body.

Elliott Abrams, Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), also spoke at the hearing. He highlighted the prevalence of Christian persecution in countries such as Iran, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Vietnam, Sudan, Central Africa Republic, North Korea,  Egypt, Indonesia, Burma and Nigeria.

“To a disproportionate extent, Christians in many of these nations signify the ‘other,’” he said. “They often are members of ethnic or language minorities, or are viewed as linked to the West and Western interests. In many of these nations, Christianity also represents an alternative source of authority, thereby posing a direct threat both to tyrannical governments and extremist private actors.”

John Allen Jr., the associate editor of the Boston Globe and the author of theGlobal War on Christians, remarked that Christian persecution is often “wrapped in a blanket of silence, not only by the secular media but even within Christian churches themselves.” He said that most of the world’s 2.3 billion Christians are poor and under oppression, and look nothing like most American Christians.

“The truth is that the typical Christian in today’s world is not an affluent American male pulling up to church in a Lincoln Continental,” Alllen stated. “It’s a poor black woman and mother of four in Botswana, or a poor Dalit grandmother in Orissa.”

“The Pew Forum found that Christians suffered some form of harassment, either de jure or de facto, in 139 countries between 2006 and 2010, the largest total for any religious group,” he said. “The finding means that Christians are at-risk in two-thirds of all nations on earth.”

8 Comments on “Congressional Hearing: Christians Worldwide Being Targeted for Their Faith”

  1. YHWH is King

    Jesus told us the world would hate us because it hated Him first. We are no longer human beings under Adam but a holy race under the second Adam Jesus Christ. We are spiritual while the world is natural. We work to please God while they work to please self. We don’t obey the demonic self absorbed and vile world. As a result they will hate us betray us talk about us laugh spit strike maybe even kill us. But glory to God in these trials because they build faith endurance make us more like our Master Jesus and great is our reward in Heaven.

  2. Soldier For Christ

    In spite of the trials we can rejoice that we are following in Christ’s footsteps when we suffer
    persecution for His sake.

    We must continually pray for all Christians everywhere even when we are going through a comfortable period because sometimes it is not easy to smile depending upon the sometimes torturous situation.

    We will all suffer in one way or another once we stand for Jesus; it is of course scriptural and there is always the comfort that we are not alone even in a Daniel type trial.

    The first murder for the year in my country in the West Indies was a Pastor.

    Invasion of privacy in all forms of communication: E-mail, surface mail, telephones, pranks (including cyber), stealing of Bibles, eavesdropping and even theft of DVD’s ordered from EX Ministries occurs in what is supposedly a democratic country.

    Yes brethren, persecution is very real and silently perpetuated.

  3. Soldier For Christ

    I am certain that I am being harassed because of importing the Mother of All Gods DVD as well as for sharing
    the truth of God’s Word, KJV version .

    Let us remember that a true Christian is one who ONLY worships Jesus Christ.

    Millions of true Christians have been martyred for their faith over the centuries by being in peril of false “brethren” .

    American Christians, enjoy what freedom you still have left and thank God!!!!! for it!

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