You can scarcely turn on the news anymore without seeing something related to bashing of Christianity in some way, shape or form. Let’s face it. Anti-Christian sentiment is on the rise. Politics is largely to blame for the recent increase. Liberals have taken issue with ancient teachings of the Church including abortion, marriage and family, homosexuality and even caring for the poor. Our modern climate of self comfort with no consequences is quickly spiraling out of control.
- Abortion supporters are outraged because of the basic biblical belief in the sanctity of life, summed up in the commandment, you shall not kill.
- Homosexuals are outraged with the biblical statement, you shall not lie with a man as a man lies with a woman, it is an abomination.
- Gay couples are outraged with the biblical statement, a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home, the two shall become one flesh.
Everywhere you turn, people that want to live after their own selfish desires are raging against the bible, and by default, Christians. Anti-Christian sentiment has been a near-daily news item, with arson, protests, smear campaigns, shootings, attacks, graffitti and the like with increasing frequency.
Regardless of the findings that the percentage of those identifying as Christian has seen a sharp decline over the past decade, Evangelicals have only seen a 0.9 percent decline. Furthermore, while Christian denominations in the study lost 7.8 percent of the religious breakdown between 2007 and 2014, roughly 7 in 10 Americans continue to identify as Christian. From a political standpoint, there exists a tremendous untapped potential for Christians to influence the direction this nation takes. Christians, however; seem unwilling to stand up and be counted.
The question is, when will Christians reach the point where they will band together and say: “Enough is enough!”? American sentiment generally follows European. Look at all of the major changes in America lately? They were in Europe first. Attitudes to homosexuality. Attitudes to doctor assisted suicide. Attitudes to disposing inconvenient human life. How long until it reaches America? How long until churches are burning? How long until religious services require police protection?
Is it any wonder that Christians in Syria are being denied entry to the United States? Is it any wonder that Christians throughout the Middle East are being persecuted? The United States, once the “police force” of the word, has reached a point where they label Christianity as extremism and have added Christianity to possible home brewed terrorism in their manuals. Christians here in the United States have themselves, developed a severe case of apathy toward their suffering brethren.
Anti-Christian attacks are up 55% in India. Churches in Egypt commemorating victims of ISIS are attacked. Homosexual “pride” parades are laced with anti-Christian profanities throughout the world. The fear is that the government will step in to force people to choose between obeying the law and following their faith. The most powerful opposition to religious freedom is the one between religious liberty and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights. For example:
- Catholic Charities in Illinois shut down its adoption services rather than place children with same-sex couples (as the state required).
- A Christian counselor was penalized for refusing to advise gay couples.
- A court clerk in New York was told to issue same-sex marriage licenses, despite religious reservations.
- A wedding cake baker was forced to close shop and pay restitution for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.
- A wedding photographer was sued for refusing to shoot a same-sex wedding.
In each case, the Christian individual(s) involved made no attempt to impose their religion on other people. They merely opted out of participation in and tacit support for actions or services which they felt violated their conscience. And worst of all, it isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. As Pro-Choice and Pro-LGBT groups push their agenda further, Christianity remains steadily in their sights.
- Blessed are you whenever they revile you and persecute you and they say every evil word against you for my sake, in falsehood. – Matthew 5:11
- “And you will be hated by everyone because of my name, but whoever will endure until the end, he will be saved.” – Matthew 10:22, Mark 13:13
- “Blessed are you, whenever men shall hate you and shall separate you and shall insult you and shall cast out your name as evil for The Son of Man’s sake.” – Luke 6:22
- “And you shall be hated by every man, because of my name. A hair of your heads shall not be lost. But by your perseverance you shall possess your souls.” – Luke 21:17-19
- “And if the world hates you, know that it hated me before you. And if you had been from the world, the world would have loved its own; but you are not from the world, but I have chosen you from the world; because of this the world hates you.” – John 15:18-19
- “Has Obama Waged a War on Religion?,” Barbara Bradley Hagerty, National Public Radio, January 8, 2012. Read online.
- See also “Religious freedom under threat from courts, professor warns” by David Shariatmadari, The Guardian, January 24, 2012. Read online.
- On the global persecution of Christians, see “The War on Christians” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Newsweek, February 13, 2012. Read online.
- “Study: Anti-Christian Faith Sentiment Growing at Breakneck Speed” by Paul Strand, CBN World News. Read online.