The Persecution of Christians Today
The persecution of minority groups has been well documented throughout history.
These documentations have been mostly of people of one race, culture, or ethnicity;
persecuting another based on the belief that one race is superior to the other. In the case
of Christianity, however, the documentation of the persecution has been kept to a
minimum. In fact, it is rare to find a case in today’s world of the media reporting on the
persecution of Christians. The reports of the atrocities of the Jews during the Holocaust
where horrifying indeed, but equally horrifying are the accounts of the slaughter of
Christians in the first century A.D. The descriptions of the means of death that many
Christians faced during the early years of the Church leave one’s stomach uneasy to say
the least. Tortured, raped, and killed, simply for what they believed in, Christians faced
death almost willingly in some cases. Today the extent of the persecution of Christians
often depends on where an individual lives. In the United States, a “nation under God,”
Christians are quietly persecuted during everyday life. It is not seen as persecution by
non-Christians who live in the U.S., but as their right to freedom of speech to mock and
belittle Christians. In other parts of the world, however, the persecution is much more
severe. Maltreatment in areas of the Middle and Far East are often issues of life and
death. Christians are being imprisoned, tortured, and killed for their belief in the Lord
Jesus Christ and their attempts to spread the good news of salvation to the lost. This
discrimination will not end anytime soon. It will be in the world until Jesus returns.
Different groups will continue to persecute Christians whether it is for religious or
political reasons. Christians have been persecuted sense the dawn of Christianity, are
persecuted today, and will continue to be persecuted until the end times.
Christians have been persecuted ever since the establishment of the church. The
church, being formed by Peter and other followers of Jesus Christ and his commands,
came under the fire of persecution immediately upon its inception. John Fox’s Book of
Martyrs tells us that the earliest persecution came under the rule of Nero in the year 67
A.D. Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome who reigned for five years, ordered that the city of
Rome should be set on fire. Nero was quoted as saying in Fox’s book that “he wished the
ruin of all things before his death.” After his conduct came under fire, he decided to cast
the blame upon the Christians. He did this for two reasons: to excuse himself of the
blame, and secondly to find new ways to impress his power by persecuting Christians.
This was the first persecution of Christians.
Christians become martyred for their beliefs. Nero contrived new ways of
barbaric persecution to use on these early Christians. Instead of executing...