Have you thought about living in a country where there is high religious suppression? Your freedom is trampled upon like mud? Honestly, we all want peace, love, and Unity. Unfortunately, some humans act like wild animals. They chase, kill and eat their prey.
The latest report about Christian persecution in 2022 is out. Guess what? Nigeria has 4 out of 5 martyrs, China has 3 out of 5, and the worse of all in Afghanistan.
Taliban slowly took control last year and are now gradually executing their evil plans and enmity against people who follow Jesus Christ.
It’s a long list containing 50 countries that have targeted to destroy the Christian faith. “Open data” has been categorized in different lists.
Afghanistan is the worse country in the world where Christian persecution is taking place. Data collected by “Open Doors” has baffled many Christians around the world.
The enemy is working so hard to make this world an unsafe place for Christians. But God’s grace, love, and power will always locate his children. We indeed believe that we are travelers in this world. Heaven is our eternal home.
“This year’s findings indicate seismic changes in the persecution landscape,” said David Curry, president of Open Doors USA.
If Afghanistan is the number 1 Christian persecution country —then which comes number two. It is North Korea. A new anti–reactionary thought law has brought about an increase in Christian arrests and house church closures in North Korea.
This is not a joke. Lord come and save your children.
The Number Of Persecution Is Always Getting Worse
The data release indicates That 360 million Christians live in nations with high levels of persecution or discrimination. This means 1 in 7 Christians worldwide, including 1 in 5 believers in Africa, 2 in 5 in Asia, and 1 in 15 in Latin America.
It is happening around the world and it seems never to stop. This is a part of fulfillment in Bible prophecies.
“Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of my name.” (Matthew 24:9)
This inhuman act is mainly done by Islamic extremists. There has been a record of continuous persecution for several years.
Interestingly, for the first time in 29 years of tracking, all the 50 countries scored high enough to register “very high.” So this kind of madness is always going higher.
The emergence of Covid-19 also paved way for more Christian faith suppression. Other minority groups have been having their share of this madness.
The List Of Worst Countries To Live In As A Christian In 2022
Now, let me give you a quick list of the worse nations to be a Christian within.
The list below shows countries with difficulties in following Jesus Christ due to persecution.
2. North Korea
Nigeria is always recording Christian persecutions from Boko-Haram and suck likes. This gives the country a bad image.
Always hearing the government is working hard to stop them. But do we see any improvement? No, it’s getting worse.
“Once you are Christian in Nigeria, your life is always at stake,” said a Nigerian believer identified as Manga, whose father was beheaded by Boko Haram. “[But] it’s not like we have anyplace [else] to go; we have no option.”
The data also show other African countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, etc recording a significant increase in Christian persecution in Africa.
Countries Where Christians Were Martyred Most:
1. Nigeria: 4,650
2. Pakistan: 620
3. Name withheld: 100*
4. Burkina Faso 100*
5. Democratic Republic of Congo: 100*
6. Mozambique: 100*
7. Central African Republic: 29
8. Cameroon: 27
9. Tanzania: 25
10. Indonesia: 15
Did I see Nigeria at number 1? Oh yes, the events of martyrdom are always happening. Innocent Christians are being killed like criminals.
Some Major Reasons Behind These Persecutions
The driving force or the motive behind Christian attacks varies from country to country.
1. Islamic oppression
2. Dictatorial paranoia
3. Communist and post-communist oppression
4. Religious nationalism
5. Organized crime and corruption
6. Christian denominational protectionism
7. Secular intolerance (0 countries) and clan oppression
Open Door Researchers are working all around the world to collect these data.
In a nutshell, I will say Christians should keep holding onto the faith. Jesus is coming to render his righteous judgment.
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)
Don’t forget to pray for all Christians around the world —especially those going through persecutions.