This week Christian Solidarity Worldwide released a report on the persecution of Christians in Burma. The report cites a document, allegedly from the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Burma, which carries the title “Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma”. It begins: “There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practised.”
Burma is a country where citizens who do not conform to the regime’s version of Burman Buddist nationalism - which, as argued in the report, is a “perverted and distorted form of Buddhism” – face “potentially serious consequences”. The regime’s tactics range “from churches in Rangoon finding it difficult to obtain permission to renovate their buildings, to pastors in Chin State being killed,” the report claims.
The report also cites some horrific stories of violence. One pastor was arrested and interrogated in 1993. When his answers failed to satisfy his interrogators they cut his mouth open to the neck and said “We cut your mouth open so you can no longer preach.”
The resilience of these remarkable people in maintaining their faith under fire is a shining example of true courage and belief. It is time that their cries were answered. China and Russia recently vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution on Burma, but that is not and should not be a green light for the regime to carry out these atrocious human rights abuses. The international community has a responsibility to make sure it is not seen as such.
Let us not forget our brothers and sisters who are experiencing horrible atrocities for their faith. May we continually pray that they will have the faith and strength to be lights in their dark world.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:26, NASB
Remember to check out The Voice of the Martyrs blog for more information about persecution of Christians throughout the world.