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Should Christians Be Thanking Atheists and Gays?

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)

Matthew 10:16-18

    “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.”

and...

Matthew 10:22

    “You will be hated by everyone because of me...”

And sometimes it seems like evil (the devil?) is winning...

Matthew 10:25

    “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.

Matthew 5:10

    “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.

Matthew 19:14

    “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.

Acts 8:1-3

    “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.

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?

Isaiah 53:7,8

    “... 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.


Matthew 10:26-31


    “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.”

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Comment by Dwight M. Schmitz on May 4, 2013 at 11:28am

John - look at the snowball effect we have just with regards to sexuality. First it was ok for unmarried couples to have sex. Then it was ok for unmarried people to have children. Then it was ok to kill (abort) that unwanted pregnancy. The ball kept rolling and now there is a bill in the California legislature that could be interpreted to say that pedophilia is just another lifestyle choice.

Dennis - I truly believe that the whole notion of being genetically predisposed to homosexual is just looking for an excuse to condone it. I don't believe there is any real hard evidence supporting that. I know a guy that spent a number of years living the homosexual lifestyle when he was younger. He is now a hard core Christian and is ardently against homosexuality, maintaining that it is indeed a choice, not a predisposition. During the decline of the Roman empire, homosexuality became "fashionable." Sound familiar? And you're right, we can be Christian towards them as long as they don't try to force their morality on us. But that's where the current hypocrisy comes in. The gay movement wants all kinds of laws imposing their morality on those whose morality disagrees with theirs and they care not about our sense of morality. If the reverse were true, they would be having fits. There are some morality laws in some states, but those are falling steadily. A gay rights activist has recently come to light in the conservative world (you won't hear her in the MSM) by stating that gay marriage isn't about equal rights at all, it's about destroying the institution of marriage, an institution that has served societies well for thousands of years and had it's roots deep in scripture.

I also wonder (sort of) what the problem is with the bible for atheists. The bible teaches us to treat each other with compassion, respect, decency, etc. Well, isn't that how we all WANT to be treated, Christian and un-Christian alike? One of the problems atheists have with the bible, I believe, is that in order to get respect, decency, compassion, etc., we must take responsibility for first BEING compassionate, decent, respectful, etc. These are all earned and come freely (generally) from Christians, but our society is being told that these are all things that we have a RIGHT to and should just be expected without having been earned.

Comment by John Wiant on May 4, 2013 at 10:41am

It almost seems as if the verse above ( Matthew 10:26-31) reminds me that there is a general pattern that takes a long time to recognize:  If you venture into the "Sin" direction(s), it is a spiral or "snow ball effect" just as the other / more God inspired / direction is, in that direction. People who don't learn this easily, or maybe learn it too late, often need to rely on other(s) for significant help to recover, or get back on the "straight and narrow" path(s), instead.  Following a repeated series of learning the hard way, most people eventually learn to stay focused and lean towards hard work and helping themselves stay in control of their own lives.....as opposed to too much "fun" and possibly losing control of their own lives.  The guidance people used to get from their family and/or parents is often lacking now and the Government's claim that it can replace the family and that it can replace God in our lives is essentially a complete LIE.  

The Government lie reminds me of a neighbor I had once, when I rented an apartment with some very diverse neighbors.  My next door neighbors used to knock on the door and ask to borrow $2 or $3 every month or so.  I always laughed and thought it was strange, but gladly gave it to them and never asked for it to be returned.  They said they were out of sugar etc. but always claimed they were on the way to the store anyway.  . . .

When I was moving out, I spoke with another neighbor who said those guys were "crack heads" and my $3 was actually buying them drugs.  I was quite surprised, because those guys were always so polite and so friendly and had made comments about "taking care" of them, etc.  Obviously, I was (without realizing it) LIKE the Government, and was giving them what they WANTED, and in fact, it was hurting them beyond my comprehension.  So, if I had any clue what they were up to, and what they really needed, I might have just prayed for them instead, and I'm 100% convinced they would be better off if I had.  Instead, in my ignorance of their situation, I did the easy thing, I felt good about myself, and I enjoyed their respect and appreciation...........for helping to ruin their lives. 

Comment by Dennis L on May 4, 2013 at 7:58am

. As for the homosexuals, they may have been born with a genetic abnormality or a hormone imbalance. As long as they don't push their lifestyle on all the rest of us, let the Lord decide their fate. I really don't know about the gays so I will reserve comment. IMO its the Atheists that we have to worry about. They are largely a militant anti-Christian group bent on destroying Christianity. . What they need to do is look at people who truly live a Christian life and they will see the good that Christianity brings the world. Christianity teaches peace, love, generosity, loyalty, kindness, honesty, respect, and guides people to act in a dignified manner and away from sinful behavior.  If everyone just followed the teachings of the gospel, wars, greed, conflict, theft and crime would not exist. There would not even be a need for locks, alarms, police or armies. That sounds too perfect for an imperfect world but  it does make a point.

I say to all Atheists, if there is no God, please explain to me how nothing created everything.   .

Comment by Dwight M. Schmitz on May 3, 2013 at 10:05pm

Yeah, I have come to the general conclusion that people who believe in God are more content and happier with their lives than those who do not believe in God, and appreciating all the small, precious things that God has created unfortunately get lost on those who do not believe.

Environmentalists claim to be passionate about nature, but I think that for the really hard core, it has become more of a cause than anything else. I see a big difference between environmentalists and conservationists. Conservationists seem to appreciate the beauty more.

I live in Wisconsin and we are just starting to come in to spring. It's amazing watching everything sprout up and come alive again. This is not to disparage winter (though I admit I don't like the cold), winter itself yields an unique beauty and serenity. Though every season has it's unique beauty, it's a constant reminder that we really are not in control. We are stewards of His creation and He has not only given us access to it for our betterment, but also to appreciate it's beauty.

Comment by John Wiant on May 3, 2013 at 7:43pm

If you go outside on a nice day, and feel appreciative of nature etc. you might try something similar to this:

Imagine you died, and after a while, you were given a chance to return to Earth (in any form) ......... and THEN, look around at what you're seeing as IF you hadn't seen any of it for a long, long time. 

NOW ........how does it look?  All of a sudden every tree might look alive as if each one were equal to a pet you once had, and deserves a name all its own.  Every breeze might feel like a wave from God.  All this can be yours with a basic use of your imagination, provided you DO believe in God.  Unfortunately, the exercise is bound to eventually remind you of what it might be like for those who do NOT believe in God, and that will make you very sad.  So, in time, if/when you run across those who likely do NOT believe in God, it might feel almost identical to seeing a person who is severely handicapped, injured, poor, mentally challenged, etc. ..... but possibly worse, because all of those people / just mentioned, could STILL enjoy God in their life. In the end, a belief in God may in fact be the most valuable thing you have, or perhaps........ ever WILL have.  : )

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