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In the firing line


According to even secular human rights organisations, Christians are by far the most persecuted religious group globally, experiencing 80% of all acts of religious discrimination, being killed for their faith at a staggering rate of 11 every hour and all this being massively under-reported in the press (Spectator article 5/10/13). Yesterday was another reminder to those of us in Kenya that these things are not distant realities.

Some attacks in Kenya in the last 12 months:

This is not including the Wesgate attack and frequent small scale attacks in Garissa and elsewhere in the North East which, as a friend who has spent some years in the area said recently, are so common that they go largely unreported by the national press.

persecutedOf course this is not to say that Muslims and others have not also experienced attacks and atrocities, or to say that Christians have a blameless record but overall the evidence does all tend in one direction (again see the Spectator article or the Wikipedia page on Persecution of Christians or Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert & Nina Shea) – Jesus’ warnings continue to prove accurate (Matt. 24:9-10; John 15:18-16;4).

For more reports and prayer resources see:

And for some gospel reflections:

2 thoughts on “In the firing line

  1. One of my favorite books is “Tortured for Christ”. Learning about persecuted Christians is very revealing, sometimes depressing and somewhat inspiring for my own faith. Thanks for reporting this

    • Thanks Daniel. Welcome to the conversation. Friends have recommended that book. I must read it. Sadly the death toll from the latest church attack has now risen to six with others critically wounded.

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