Christians are being persecuted for their faith in more than the forty nations around world today. In some nations, it is illegal to own a Bible, to share one’s faith in Christ, and even teach one’s children about Jesus Christ. Those who boldly follow Christ, in spite of government decree or opposition, can face harassment, arrest, torture and even death. Dr. Nhia Vang Vang, the pastor of the First Hmong Alliance Church in Longview, NC, mentioned that Christianity has been persecuted for over 2000 years up until now. However, more Christians have been arrested, harassed, and persecuted in this century than in the previous nineteen combined (Vang). Christian persecution is a world-wide problem, having an effect on every member of society, yet little is being done to relieve the situation. The persecution of Christians today is more than a catastrophic issue; it is the genocide of a countless number believers in various nations. The Hmong people of Southeast Asia are a race of people who successfully rooted itself into American society after enduring centuries of religious persecution. Anna Jones, in a PRLog Free Press Release, stated, “In recent weeks hundreds of Lao and Hmong Christians have been arrested and are being persecuted and summarily executed in Laos; moreover, thousands of unarmed Laotian and Hmong civilians are now being hunted and killed in Laos by the Lao military regime in a massive military mobilization in cooperation with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam…” Christianity has grown more rapidly among the Hmong people now than ever before in history. Thus, the number of persecutions and arrests of the Hmong people is rising. Hmong Christians have suffered from discrimination at the hands of the Vietnamese government for over two decades. According to the Hudson Institute website, hundreds of Hmong Christian refugees are fleeing Vietnam due to religious persecution (“Vietnam Steps”). Pastor Vang added that he knows of eighteen Hmong leaders in Laos who were arrested just last year and are still imprisoned even now. A reason why the Laotian and Vietnamese governments deny the freedom of religion to citizens is because they believe that Christianity is not a belief of the Hmong people, but of the Americans. They argue that if the Hmong people are converted to Christianity, they are conforming to the American culture and are a threat to the country (“Vietnam Steps”). Therefore, the government officials deny freedom of religion to their citizens. The Hudson Institute website states, “Last September, the United States government designated Vietnam a “Country of Particular Concern” for egregious religious persecution under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1988”. However, no action from the United States government is being taken in the country of Vietnam to reinforce this Act, permitting the continuation of Christian persecution. When Pastor Vang was a child, his family was driven out of their Hmong village due to the fact that his father was converted to Christianity. Even here in the United States, many Hmong people are disowned by their families because of their conversion to Christianity. Isaac Xiong, a member of the Warren Hmong Alliance Church, was banned from his family for converting to Christianity and getting baptized. During his wedding, his family refused to attend and give their blessings. Persecution comes in many forms and affects people everyday. Several people are physically persecuted, mentally persecuted, and even emotionally persecuted. Martyrs are heard of during the days of the Roman Empire; however, people do not expect martyrs to be present today. Martyrs are those who are choose to suffer death rather than deny their faith in Jesus Christ (dc Talk 15). There are more martyrs today than there was in the days of the Roman Empire. Christian missionaries who attempt to spread the good news of Christ in restricted nations are...
Cited: Dc Talk. Jesus Freaks. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 1999. 6-368.
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