Global Christian Persecution on Horrific Trajectory: Is U.S. Still Beacon of Hope?


A watchdog is warning that global Christian persecution is exploding at the same time the percentage of refugees admitted to the U.S. remains lower than some advocates desire. Ryan Brown, CEO of persecution watchdog Open Doors US, told CBN News his organization’s “Closed Doors” report, released in partnership with World Relief, sheds light on this dynamic.

“The report sought to pull information from the World Watch List that Open Doors puts out every year that highlights the 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted because of their faith in Christ,” he said. “And then also acknowledge the trends that we’ve seen as far as those from those countries that are seeking ability to reside in the U.S. to escape persecution.” Brown said the numbers of those admitted to the U.S. for these purposes have been “decreasing in dramatic fashion” over the years, despite horrific persecution trends.

While America has traditionally been a “beacon” for those fleeing religious persecution, he said the situation is currently not as accommodating as it once was to live out those values. Brown addressed some Americans who might argue the nation is beleaguered with its own issues and must look inward rather than address issues unfolding abroad, expressing his belief “America has historically been at its best when we’ve been our most compassionate.” He also issued a warning worth heeding: “If we don’t proactively engage in these issues and just look to retreat from them, they come to us.”

Brown essentially argued persecution has a way of making its way to “our shores” if we’re not careful and diligent. “We need to be proactive in our compassion, proactive in our love, and our care, and our concern for those around the globe,” he said. “As Christians, I think that that’s all the more important that the love of Christ isn’t confined to political or geographical borders.” Listen to Brown discuss global persecution trends and more.

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