There have been questions in the media and also from SGA supporters asking, “Are Christians being persecuted in Ukraine . . . in Russia?” We need to be careful to differentiate between nationalism and true persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ.
In light of nationalism, Christians who have been arrested in Russia were just as subject to arrest as atheists who spoke against the war. In addition, the churches SGA serves are connected with the West. For Russians who are for the war, any Western connection is also against the good of the country.
Therefore, before we use the word “persecution,” we must be sure to ask if the church is persecuted for the sake of Christ—not their stand on war and whether it be it for or against it. Some of the actions against Christians in Russia have more to do with speech, and we have to see that these measures are more so related to nationalism than theology or a rejection of Jesus Christ. For even now the churches we serve in Russia are holding Summer Bible Camps with no problems, as well as in Ukraine. In both countries, believers continue to share the Gospel.
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