Inside Out: Nationalism Fueling Christian Persecution

04.12.17 | Martha Manikas-Foster

Nationalism is growing; the effects are woven through the headlines. One impact is increased Christian persecution.

Nationalism is more than civic pride. It’s different from patriotism. Nationalism changes the definition of national identity and narrows what it means to be a good citizen. And all of this is based on what people with power most value.

Dr. David Curry joins me for this 15-minute conversation about the growing impact of nationalism on Christians around the world. Curry is the president and CEO of Open Doors, USA, which advocates for the persecuted church. It also publishes the World Watch List, an annual ranking of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians. 

In our recorded conversation we talk about North Korea and Somalia, ranked as the two most dangerous countries on the 2017 list. We also discuss how nationalism redefines national identity, what this means for people who don’t fit, and how Christians with more freedoms can support them.   

“We need to have the idea that we’re going to support people under persecution and try to help where we can and speak truth to power,” Curry says. “And speaking truth to power in this context means that we must recognize ourselves that we are first citizens of the Kingdom. We’re not of this world. We’re in it but we’re not of it. That idea is more relevant today than ever before.”

LISTEN to the 15-minute conversation by clicking on the DOWNLOAD or LISTEN icon above.

“What did Jesus call us to do? He called us to first pray for people who are in chains for His name,” Curry says. “So be a person of prayer, not in episodic situations, where you see a bombing, where you see someone kidnapped. But make it regular part of your spiritual life to pray, to care, and to support people in persecution because that’s a universal calling for people of faith.”

Learn more about Open Doors, USA.  Click Here

See the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List. Click Here

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