The appearance of Kim Yo-Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, at the Olympics in South Korea has created a lot of media attention. The complementary coverage in the media from The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, and other have carries headlines praising her looks with her diplomacy and South Korea overlooking and ignoring the murderous regime she presides over with her brother.
A report by the UK-based Christian media outlet revealed that the gruesome methods the communist government in North Korea has used to torture and kill Christians, which includes being hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steam roller, herded off bridges, and trampled underfoot. Relatives of Christians are also detained regardless of whether they share the Christian belief. Hopefully the outrage against these media outlets will stop further praise of the murderous regime.
You may think of the Roman Colosseum of the Middle Ages when Christians were burned at the stake, as the worst time in history for Christian persecution for their faith. Jesus warned that persecution would come in John 15:20, we know this as Christians. But what may surprise you, however, especially if you’re a Christian living in the West, is that a new report has shown that Christian persecution is actually worse today than ever before in History. In 2016, estimates for the number of Christians worldwide who’ve suffered from some sort of prosecution for their faith, ranges from 200,000-600,000. These numbers have grown since this increase in Christian prosecution is large in part due to terrorist groups like ISIS in the Middle East and Boko Haram in Nigeria. These groups particularly targets Christians. Of the 13 countries where Christian persecution has been the most sever, none of them have shown improvement in the past year. Except Saudi Arabia where the report says the situation was already so bad, it couldn’t get worse. Persecuted Christians from Iran to Indonesia to North Korea often feel forgotten by those in the West. Especially because Western governments are not doing enough to provide them with aid.
How can you help? It starts with prayer, because that’s something we’re universally called to do. Pray for those who bring change in the name of Jesus.