“The Persecution of Christians: Fear, Martyrdom, and the Call to Boldly Declare Our Faith”

By | July 8, 2023



The escalating persecution of Christians worldwide is a cause for deep concern. The fear of being identified as a follower of Christ has become a stark reality for many, as deadly threats and attacks against Christians continue to rise. In Nigeria, Christian communities are particularly vulnerable, with frequent attacks resulting in countless deaths.

However, amidst this climate of fear, it is important to remember the words of Jesus: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in Hell” (Matthew 10:28). As Christians, we are called to overcome the fear of death for the sake of Christ, even though earthly fears often hinder us from doing so.

Death is an inevitable part of life, whether it be for the sake of Christ or due to other causes. Understanding that Christians are now endangered in some countries should lead us to reflect on the restrictive or expansive nature of this persecution. We must remember that to die for Christ is gain.

The enemy has weaponized the fear of persecution and martyrdom to halt the progress of the Gospel and force us to compromise our biblical standards. However, should we continue to live in fear, or should we summon the courage to boldly declare our faith and preach the Gospel, regardless of the dangers?

Sadly, the probability of persecution or even death for our faith is high in today’s world. Yet, if we learn to accept this reality, we will be more willing to give our lives for the sake of the Gospel. Dying and suffering for Christ is a victory of the Spirit over the flesh, and as Christ’s followers, we should not shy away from this privilege.

In countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan, and North Korea, Christians face persecution and death at an alarming rate. Even in countries where visible persecution is not recorded, Christians still experience daily intimidation. Yet, we are reminded that if they persecuted Jesus, they will persecute us as well.

Whether we anticipate it or not, it is likely that some of us will be killed simply because we are Christians. However, if we remain willing and obedient unto death, we will receive the reward promised to us by Christ. Our endurance until the very end is non-negotiable.

In conclusion, the increasing persecution of Christians demands our attention and reflection. We must overcome our fears, boldly declare our faith, and be prepared to face persecution and even death for the sake of the Gospel. The global war on Christians calls for a readiness to be martyred, for it is a privilege to reciprocate what Christ did for us..