The Persecution of Christians: A Global Phenomenon

Charlotte Miller

One of the biggest problems in the world today is the persecution of religious groups, and Christians, as the biggest religious group in the world, have been facing this persecution for centuries, especially in certain parts of the world. Intolerance is a problem no matter who it occurs against, but the violence and anger towards certain groups of Christians in different parts of the world today is something that needs to be addressed and countered immediately, so keep reading to find out the problems they face and what you can do about it.

Most common locations

While Christian persecution is a worldwide problem, there are a few places where it’s the most common, and these places include the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. These are areas where Islam and Hinduism are the dominant religions, and Christians are well and truly in the minority, which opens up more human rights abuses and the ability for sectarian violence to be supported by governments since there is not enough representation for Christians on the legislative level. You may be wondering, ‘What is Christian persecution’? The answer is always tied to the specific region it takes place in, as well as the incumbent government, especially as many countries in North Africa and the Middle East are dictatorships where the will of the people is not heard.

Methods used

There are many methods used in the persecution of Christians, and these methods vary by region, as well as by how many Christians reside in the area you’re concerned with. Most of the time, persecution occurs due to a small group of highly motivated and radicalized people, who have been convinced that Christians are the enemy, or that they’re responsible for the state’s problems, and this results in violence, robbing, looting, etc. This conflict can escalate to a larger scale, as there have been episodes of violence in many countries that last weeks, and, in some cases, governments can officially or unofficially support this persecution by expelling Christians from their homes or signing in laws that reduce their legal protections.

What you can do

Being concerned about the problem of religious persecution is very noble and justifiable, but if you’re motivated to work towards a solution, you may be wondering what you can do. The good news is there are things you can do to induce change on both a personal and societal level, and if you want to have a direct impact, you can donate to charities that work on the ground in some of the worst-hit regions, providing relief through access to clean food and water, or shelter and education to improve the lives of the victims. On a larger scale, you can petition your fellow citizens and political leaders to take this issue more seriously so your government can exert pressure on the target country to make them change their laws.

The role of dialogue

Dialogue is something that should never be overlooked when it comes to any problem, especially those that concern different religious groups, as many alliances and friendships can be made through talking, and some of the biggest conflicts in history have been resolved through discussion at the highest level. Dialogue is important and a difficult thing to balance, as both groups want to feel heard and need their requirements met, while they’re also unwilling to let go of the past. However, other external factors like government support or pressure can result in a good outcome if it concerns something like peace talks in cases where the problem is systemic, which can result in better laws protecting Christians or talking on a personal level between groups of people. While it’s not always successful, it’s necessary if you’re hoping for lasting peace, and should be practiced everywhere so other people have an example of peace and unity to follow.


Religious freedom is one of the most important rights in the world, and yet it’s something that is constantly intruded upon, especially for Christians globally in areas where they’re a minority. The severity of this issue cannot be understated, as millions of hardworking, religious people are unable to worship and practice peacefully, and instead are targeted and attacked, but, luckily, using the information in this article, you’ll be able to educate yourself about this issue and take action.