The freedom to worship and serve God is a God-given human right. And yet there is a growing epidemic of persecution of religious minorities around the world. These religious minorities are often also ethnic minorities who suffer economic and social isolation as well. The Office of Social Justice has put together materials for you to learn more, find out what the CRC has said about religious persecution, and become an advocate for the persecuted.
You can also find the full report of Synod 2016's Committee to Study Religious Persecution and Liberty from the page.
Here's a quick excerpt:
“Practically, liturgical acts can help reorient the church to preaching a gospel that rejects persecution in favor of shalom … We do not envision prayer as a brief stopping point before more important matters. We emphasize prayer — more specifically, prayer as part of public worship — precisely because it is a key starting point in building a faith-based movement against persecution.” (Committee to Study Religious Persecution and Liberty, p. 23-24)
Find the resources, including worship resources for the upcoming International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, by clicking here.
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" (Romans 8:35)