Generally, it is not the federal government persecuting Christians in Indonesia, but Muslim extremist groups. Though they do not have a strong political representation, their influence is large as they take to the streets and make and steer public opinion. There are a significant number of radical Islam organizations operating in this country, and these organizations have used strict and exclusive religious interpretations to justify the implementation of Sharia law and the infringement of the rights of religious minorities. The level of violence against Christians is quite high, especially when compared to other countries in the Southeast Asia. More than 10 churches were attacked or closed down, including a church in West Java, despite a ruling from the Supreme Court, allowing it to open.
- Some Christians have been detained on false charges of proselytizing and blasphemy. Pray that they would be able to witness to those who are persecuting them.
- Muslim Background Believers often face physical abuse, and sometimes have to flee their homes and relocate elsewhere. Please pray for their safety.
- Many churches find it extremely difficult to obtain a permit, even if they have met all the necessary requirements. Pray that these believers would be able to meet together.