In Washington takes place the World Summit in Defense Of Persecuted Christians
The atrocities being committed against Christians around the world on the 21st century brought together in Washington DC the World Summit in defense of persecuted Christians on May 10-13, 2017. Under the organization of the Billy Graham Association, over 600 delegates from 130 countries around the world are gathered at this summit. From the Church of Kosova present are pastors President Driton Krasniqi and Artur Krasniqi.
During all the days of the summit, it was reported for flagrant violations of religious rights, especially the persecution of Christians in countries where this faith is smaller. The mentioned Summit according to "USA Today" provides a platform for listening, collecting and documenting stories from the first hand. "The Washington Post", on the other hand, started its article with the headline from the statement of VP Pence: "America will prioritize protecting Christians abroad."
Renowned Christian preachers present their understanding about persecution. It is worth pointing out the classification and definition of persecution as it is presented at the summit. Religious persecution means when you’re not allowed to build churches; not allowed to worship God; not allowed to serve in any important state position because of your religious conviction – you’re a second class citizen. Religious fanaticism on the other hand, implies not necessarily coordinated persecution against another religious community.
A number of US senators and congressmen present their speeches. It is worth noting the initiative undertaken by a number of them to draft the law in favor of religious protection outside the United States.
The United States Vice President Mike Pence, who was warmly received, with a lot of ovations by the church leaders present in the Summit, is one of keynote speakers.
In his address to the audience, as reported in a release by the White House, VP Pence emphasized that "he is here on behalf of President Trump as the tangible sign of his commitment to defending Christians and, frankly, to all of them who suffer for their beliefs across the wider world. Know today with assurance that President Trump sees these crimes for what they are: vile acts of persecution animated by hatred – hatred for the Gospel of Christ. The suffering of Christians in the Middle East has stirred America to act, and it brings me here today. President Trump rightly said not long ago that -- of the Christian church, “nobody has been treated worse in the Middle East.” He’s made it clear that America will stand by followers of Christ in this hour of need. Our administration is fully committed in bringing relief and comfort to believers not only across the Middle East but across the world."
In the final declaration issued at the end o the Summit it is stated: “As Christ’s followers we are commended to pray, encourage and support our fellow believers. We must not sit back and passively refuse to act on their behalf. Persecution is increasing but the church’s witness to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ will never be extinguished.”
This is the first summit of this kind. The organizers have announced similar summits to be held in the future with the purpose of raising the awareness among people of good will to protect those persecuted for their faith.
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