Monday, June 2, 2014

Is Christianity under attack in America?

Is Christianity under attack in America? In order for this question to be answered the word ‘attack’ must be defined, so that this question can be better understood and easier to answer.
According to Merriam-Webster the definition of attack is to act violently against (someone or something) or to try to hurt, injure, or destroy (something or someone).
There are many countries out there today that deliberately act violently towards Christians.  Here in America that is not the case, Christians are not dragged out of their homes and murdered or thrown into prison for their beliefs either. I have to admit as a Christian myself that I am very blessed and fortunate to live in a country that doesn’t lash out in violence against its Christian population. Perhaps the most vicious country that lashes out against Christianity is North Korea, where even simply owning a bible can be grounds for execution or deportation to a work camp. today I am sitting on my college campus and if I where to open up my bible and begin to read it no one would say a word to me. In America people are free to be Christians, yet more and more each day I see the freedom to express my faith being taken away slowly day by day. In society today most see the expression of faith to be offensive. Our country has adopted this “If you aren’t for us, you are against us” type of mentality. Christianity, true Christianity rather and not the watered down versions that a lot of Churches are preaching today goes against almost everything in American Society. Our nation is becoming more secular each and everyday.
One thing that those that are anti-Christian or anti-religious rather today is the ability to pray in public areas. It has been banned from most public areas such as school, places of business and even within local governments as well. Faith seems to have become a private matter as well, as if we aren’t to express our faith in Christ and what he did for us on the cross at Calvary.
 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. -1 Corinthians 1:18
So to those who not saved, the cross and what it stands for is foolish. That seems to be most of American society, and it is becoming more apparent each and everyday. We all need Gods grace, and if his grace where an ocean we would all be drowning in it. Not one of us are worthy, we all deserve Gods wrath and eternal separation in a place called hell.
As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.” Romans 3:10-12
People today seem to think that most Christians feel that they are above everyone else, but the truth is we are all made by the same creator in the image of God. We worry in todays time about our expression of faith offending those around us, but maybe we have the wrong party’s interest in mind.
“Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God.” -Billy Graham
So we call ourselves Christians, but what does it really mean? The word Christian means “Little Christ” and I don’t ever remember Christ worrying about offending anyone with what he told them. He had no problem with telling them what they where doing was wrong, law that was told by God and then additional law that had been added by man. He told them the laws of man where wrong, yet most of us Christians stay silent. Christ told us that persecution will come to those who are true believers in him.

 ”Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. -Matthew 10:16-20
Christ tells us not to fear, no matter what may happen to us or what may come our way, because the Holy Spirit dwells in us and will give us the words that we will speak. Christ was persecuted, and let me tell you brother or sister persecution will come, maybe not today or tomorrow but if you are serving the one and only true God those of this world will hate you just as they hated Christ Jesus. We must remember what Christ said as he was hanging on the cross, for all of our transgressions.

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  -Luke 23:34
As you started reading this I attempted to answer the question “Is Christianity under attack in America?” well the answer here is no. The thing we must remember is that Christ told us all through out the New Testament in scripture that persecution will come. Christ was mocked, spit on sworn at, called a false prophet and was put on a cross to die for the sins of mankind. Our freedom of expression is being hindered more and more each and everyday here in America. We as the body of Christ must remembered that the same was done to the followers of Christ in the times of Jesus. Do not let persecution and suppression of faith stop you from telling every person the good news of the Gospel and what the Lord has done for you. Chances are there is someone out there today that are lost just as you where weeks, months or years ago. We must also remember to love everyone just as Christ loved, we are under the microscope of the world brothers and sisters, lets show them the power of the Lord and teach them the good news of the Gospel. Thank you for reading, may God Bless all of you today.

-The Christian

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