In February, 21 Coptic Christian Egyptian men were kidnapped and beheaded on a beach in Tripoli by Islamic State.
These Christian men were given the chance to save their lives, IF they denied their Christian faith and converted to Islam.
They refused to deny Christ, and for that, they were brutally beheaded.
In a similar act, in April, Islamic State brutally shot and beheaded 30 Ethiopian Christian men in Libya, but not before giving them the opportunity to convert to Islam.
Earlier this year, the Daily Mail Australia reported that when a rubber dinghy carrying around 100 African refugees across the Mediterranean began to sink, a Nigerian Christian prayed for his life in an innocent act that would end in the deaths of 12 fellow migrants.
One of the Muslims on board the rickety craft ordered him to stop, saying: ‘Here, we only pray to Allah.’
When he refused, a violent fight ensued and 12 Christians drowned when they were thrown overboard by the Muslim refugees.
These targeted and horrific acts are specifically targeted towards Christians, for the purpose of conversion to Islam.
This is religious persecution.
As was the targeted kidnapping of the 287 Chibrook girls who were held as sex slaves, forced into ‘marriage’ and brutalised by Book Haram, for the purpose of conversion to Islam. They have never been found, and reports of their death since their kidnapping has surfaced.
Just last week, the Nigerian Army rescued 300 girls and 93 women from the clutches of Book Haram terrorists who were keeping their captors in the Sambas Forest. The Nigerian Government confirming that those rescued were not the Chibrook girls.
These terrorists are not only using rape as a weapon of war, but they are also placing these innocent, fragile women and girls on the front lines of their battles, and even using them as suicide bombers.
Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights states that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
In reality, over 100 million Christians face daily persecution.
In fact, every hour, 11 Christians are killed, because of their faith.
That’s 100,000 Christians killed every year because of their beliefs.
This is an international human rights crisis – which should attract international outcry.
Christians are the most persecuted groups of people in the world today – they are experiencing a modern day holocaust. They experiencing horrific barbarities, crucifixions, dehumanized, tortured, imprisoned, raped and killed – savage and barbaric acts against a people groups who live by the philosophy of turn the other cheek, and to forgive those who persecute you.
Where is the universal outcry – where is the response from the nations?
Most watch passively at these brutalities take place without responding in compassion or action.
Concerning our modern – day HOLOCAUST that is the persecution of Christians, there is an immoral silence internationally
Jonathan Chan, in his compelling presentation to the UN compares the atrocities occurring to Christians in our Century to the atrocities faced by the Jews in concentration Camps in the last.
He reminds us that no nation can call themselves good if they do not respond.
He reminds us to remember those in chains, as you are with them, and to not forget those who suffer.
The fact is, the Persecution of Christians globally is a threat to international peace and security.
We need to act swiftly and strongly – before it’s too late….
Watch Jonathan Cahn’s presentation to the UN here: