Ok, I’m guessing that most, if not all, of you had a moment of “Huh?” after reading the title.
I’m a Christian (at least I try to be) and I also am getting really tired of the Christian bashing special interest shrillness going on and being sanctioned, if not promoted, by government, industry, the education system, etc.
But we’ve been warned. (No, this is not a scripture lesson, but the many scripture quotes have a point)
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.”
“You will be hated by everyone because of me...”
And sometimes it seems like evil (the devil?) is winning...
“If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!”
...especially when we read something like this - religious discrimination is increasing worldwide. According to the article, it’s not just Christians, but “Christians were being harassed in more countries than any other faith group.”
Oddly enough, the anti-Christians nonetheless seem to be looking for some kind of “savior.” The Washington Post has declared Obama a “Messiah” president. This brings to mind Acts 8:9-11
“He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.”
Indeed, since our ultra-liberal administration has been in power, it seems like the anti-Christian hysteria has skyrocketed.
Political correctness and anti-Christian hyperbole is being foisted on those who believe in and depend on Christianity and prayer the most - our military.
2 Timothy 3:12-13
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
Military chaplains are being told to “shy away” from mentioning Jesus.
In fact, in a recently published article, Christians in the military may get a court martial if they try to spread their Christian faith. But, we should have expected this, as Mark 10:33,34 tells us
“They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him.”
Fortunately, there is a modicum of justice here. I can only pray it’s not the last.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
A navy chaplain who defied the above mentioned rule on not mentioning Jesus’ name (and got dismissed, lost his career, pension, home, etc.) fought back and got the no Jesus rule overturned. He’s still fighting to get his job back.
But it’s not just the military being targeted. Our children are a BIG target.
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
This might belong more with Matthew 10:25 (above), but a “National Standards” report (and including the NEA and other groups) is endorsing sex education beginning in kindergarten. Additionally, middle school girls, as part of an anti-bullying presentation, were forced to ask classmates for a “lesbian kiss.”
Our society has become so prideful (egotistical, self-righteous, etc.) that the mayor of Charlotte, NC, has formally declared that May 2 is not only the National Day of Prayer, but, also a Day of Reason stating “The application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival on Earth.” Bear in mind Luke 18:9
“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else,...” followed by the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.
And Christian persecution is getting physical.
“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, ... But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.”
Code Pink barged in on a church service in Michigan. A description of happened then is described in the Michigan bill outlawing the disruption of a church service.
A Catholic church in southern California was graffitied with 666, a swastika, phallic symbols, etc.
If you do a search for things like this, you’ll be able to find plenty of other instances.
Now, we complain and band together in places like this, and that’s fine as far as it goes, but where else have we taken this?
“... he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?”
Emphasis on the last line is mine.
Okay, so what does this all have to do with the title?
Sit back and just take all this? No. There is righteous anger, as exemplified by Jesus in the temple overturning the trader’s tables.
But all of the current anti-Christian activity is simply verifying scripture, validating Jesus’ word and confirming everything He told us would happen (hence, all the scripture verses).
Jesus was (is) right. We’ve always known it, always believed it, they’re just confirming it, though I’m sure they’re completely oblivious to it.
So try saying “thank you,” though I think that as soon as they get over their brief moment of “Huh?” the significance of their action (or confirmation) will be, unfortunately, completely lost.
“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care........ So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”