Are Americans who practise Christianity headed for harsh persecution?
When he stated recently that the surge in worldwide attacks on Christians could pose a threat to American national security, a retired lieutenant general of the U.S. Army sparked controversy.
Boykin is not the only one who worries that America will move away from Christianity in the future. According to a 2017 survey by Public Religion Research Institute, many Americans, including 57% of white evangelical Protestants, believe that Christians face "a lot of prejudice" in the country today.
Those who keep up with the news have heard many accounts of Christians who have, in one way or another, felt some amount of pressure from people and institutions in our increasingly secular culture regarding their faith. Religious freedom developments at home should undoubtedly be properly watched.
However, there is currently a noticeable contrast between how Christians are treated abroad in many different nations and how believers are treated at home. Christian persecution in America is still mostly protected by the law, and it is nothing compared to the extreme levels of persecution endured by followers of Jesus in many other parts of the world.
The Taliban started reinstating its repressive rule last year by going door to door in search of Christian leaders. Those who identify as Christians face severe repercussions; according to our informants, torture or murder may occur. The likelihood of leaving the nation is essentially nonexistent. Traveling as refugees, who run the risk of being kidnapped and trafficked, is chaotic and challenging. The governments in the countries that border Iran and Pakistan are a little more tolerant of Christians. Unmarried women, widows, and senior citizens have a very slim possibility of leaving Afghanistan safely given these risks.
In America, Christian leaders have come under fire for their religious beliefs, but in countries like Vietnam, Christians experience even worse persecution. Recently, the authorities harassed and fined a number of house churches in the province of Dak Lok for publicly commemorating the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.