No matter your religion, the holiday season in America is a time for family, friends, and reflection. But for many people in other parts of the world, celebrating Christian holidays is actually a crime.
In some parts of the world, Christians have more persecution during the holiday season than any other time of the year. For them, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ – but also a time to be aware of threats to their lives. They have to be careful not to get caught celebrating because terrorist groups or even their own government might arrest or kill them for it.
A report by Open Doors USA shows the danger of being a Christian in countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. One Syrian mother said they have “special prayers” in church, but that they do not put up any decorations because terrorists might see them. Members of terrorist groups have already threatened them with car bombs if they practice Christianity outside the home.
Christmas is outlawed in Iran, where believers have to observe the holiday in secret. One family told of the Christmas days when they would decorate with non-Christmas decorations. If the police came to the home, they could say that they were just having a birthday.
Sadly, this isn’t always enough. Many Christians are caught and punished for their faith.
Millions of Christians live in fear and danger – practicing their faith in secret to avoid punishment. With the rise in attacks on Christians worldwide, believers must stand up to support them.