A Christian is killed for his or her faith every five minutes across the world, according to a report issued by a Christian organization fighting religious persecution.
In a release of its study divulged about a month before the International Day of Prayer on November 8, Christian Freedom International launched its video uncovering the bone-chilling reality about the proliferation of Christian martyrdom globally over the past century. It has escalated dramatically.
Currently across the globe, more than 200 million Christians are threatened because of their faith. This is a recurring problem in more than half (105 of 190) of the nations in the world, Relevant reports, noting that there have been more Christian martyrs in the 20th and 21st centuries than in the preceding 19 centuries — going back to Jesus Christ’s time on earth.
Christian persecution unveiled
To give a more detailed idea about where such persecution against Christians is taking place, a global map highlighting the world’s worst nations to live in when it comes to being threatened for one’s faith was unleashed by Open Doors. It divulges the 50 worst persecutors on earth.
On the map, it is noticed that the most hostile nations on earth to Christianity center around the Middle East and Africa. However, the greatest recurring persecutor of Christians remains in the communist dictatorship headed by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. This hostile regime has made it especially difficult for Christian missionaries to reach for decades.
Here’s a look at the top 10 violating nations of Christians’ rights that deny believers the freedom to live their lives according to their religious beliefs. The nations are shown by rank with a persecution index number following the nations’ names — 100 being the highest (worst) score possible.
- North Korea─ score 92/100
- Somalia ─ score 90/100
- Iraq─ score 86/100
- Syria─ score 83/100
- Afghanistan─ score 81/100
- Sudan─ score 80/100
- Iran─ score 80/100
- Pakistan─ score 79/100
- Eritrea─ score 79/100
- Nigeria─ score 78/100
Other notable persecutors are: 12) Saudi Arabia (77/100), 13) Libya (76/100), 13) Yemen (76/100), 19) Kenya (63/100), 21) India (62/100), 23)Egypt (61/100), 26) Palestinian Territories (58/100), 29) China(57/100), 38) Mexico (55/100), and 47) Indonesia (50/100).
Exhorting Christians to pray for believers persecuted for their faith in Christ around the world, Christian Freedom International appeals to Hebrews 13:3, which calls followers of Christ to “Remember those in prison as if in prison with them and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” This is the theme that many Christian churches and organizations use to motivate believers to pray for the persecuted Church every November for the International Day of Prayer.