Sunday, July 22, 2012

What is the Most Dangerous Country for Christians?

Nigeria is the most dangerous country to be a Christian? I would argued for places like Egypt, China or North Korea.

07/21/2012 Nigeria (Times Herald)-Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country with 170 million people.
It is the continent’s number one oil producer. Nigeria is also the most dangerous country for Christian persecution.
Last year over 765 churches were destroyed. Earlier this month, 50 Christians were burned alive at their pastor’s home. Christians in Jos, Nigeria learned over 100 suicide bombers had recently arrived in their city, targeting them.
Jerry Dykstra, of Open Doors USA, which is a Christian persecution watchgroup, stated, “Nigeria is truly becoming the new killing field for Christians. Hundreds of Christians have already been brutally murdered, including women and children by the Boko Haram. The Boko Haram earlier this week said that all Christians need to turn to Islam or ‘they would never know peace again.’ Their goal is to make Nigeria a country run and dominated by Shariah law.”
The Boko Haram is a violent, jihadist terrorist organization located in northeastern Nigeria. Their goals are to established Islamic law throughout Nigeria, remove Western influences and eliminate Christianity.
Why should believers in Newnan, Georgia care about our brothers and sisters in Nigeria? In Nigeria, 55 percent of the population is Christian and 50 percent of the nation is Muslim. There is aChristian majority in Southern Nigeria and a Muslim majority in Northern Nigeria.
These are the two largest religions in the world, and Nigeria is almost equally divided.
Both of these religions have separate and somewhat competing cultures. Trend watchers keep a close eye on Nigeria because it might offer a glimpse of the future church, levels of persecution and Christian-Muslim relationships.
Nigeria has been referred to as the capital of Africa, and the future of Christianity rests in Africa and East Asia. Yale University historian Lamin Sanneh stated, that “African Christianity was not just an exotic, curious phenomenon in an obscure part of the world, but that African Christianity might be the shape of things to come.”

Believers “over here” cannot ignore what God is doing “over there” in Nigeria and the persecution they endure. If Christianity means to you a service, a pastor, a song, a place for kids to play or watching Charles Stanley on TV – you’re missing the global mission of God – and the religious freedom many Christians lack. Last century more believers were murdered for their faith than any other century – 200 million(Keep on Reading).

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