How would you feel if you went to church and wondered if this Sunday your church might be bombed?
How would you feel if you expected a knock on your door from government officials who might imprison you for holding a prayer meeting in your home?
How would you feel if suddenly the mood on your street turned unfriendly, then hostile and even violent because people knew you were one of "those Christians?"
From Cairo to China, from Bangladesh to Baghdad, from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Sudan, the number one faith under assault around the world is Christianity. Believers in Jesus are facing persecution, torture and even death for their faith in the One whose death and resurrection will be celebrated again this Easter Sunday.
Three noted authors -- Nina Shea, Paul Johnson and Lela Gilbert -- collaborated in a new release, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christianity, documenting this chilling phenomenon.
Dr. William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, called it the “most authoritative account to date on this subject.”
March 27 is the official launch of this powerful and timely work.
Jerusalem Dateline interviewed Nina Shea recently. We asked her what Christians in the West, who often have trouble relating to our brothers and sisters facing persecution, can do. Shea explains we can pray, educate ourselves, and “raise our voices because they can’t raise theirs.”