More than 2,000 Christians died for their faith last year, according to Open Doors. The conflict in Syria accounted for the largest group of Christian deaths, some 1,200 casualties. The total number of confirmed martyr deaths reported 2,123 for 2013, includes no numbers for North Korea, where no official Christian deaths were recorded, but most certainly took place.
If we think people aren’t dying for their faith in Christ all around the world even today, we are ignorant of the truth. If we believe that it can’t happen in America, we are naive.
“…and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13b)