Breitbart: “Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, has called for the execution of 33 people for reportedly working as accomplices to South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook and planning to help him create 500 underground churches.
The North Korean tyrant has asserted himself by ruthlessly and brutally murdering all whom he deems a threat to his power.”
Opinion: Reuters News (link below) reported that as of January 2013 over 100 million Christians are being persecuted worldwide:
“Open Doors, a non-denominational Christian group, listed North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan as the three toughest countries for Christians last year. They topped the 50-country ranking for 2011 as well.
There are over 65 countries where Christians are persecuted,” said the report released on Tuesday by Open Doors, which began in the 1950s smuggling Bibles into communist states and now works in more than 60 countries.”
Here in the US, Christian persecution statistics can seem cold and distant. We have been blessed with freedom to worship at the Church of our choice without fear. But trends are changing, as is the definition of marriage which as we saw from the veto of Arizona Bill HB 10620 last week.
Christians in Arizona may now be sued for refusing to service same-sex weddings and there is no protection in the courts. How long will it be before pastors and priests are persecuted for doing the same?
Freedom can disappear in a flash.