Monday, April 6, 2015

War on Christians

Nothing is being done about the accelerating purge of Christians from Islamic lands thinking we are safe in the United States of America. Surely nothing like that could happen here where religious liberty is one of our founding principles. But there are accumulating clouds on the horizon even here in the Land of the Free. 

There are increasing instances of Christian business people being singled out for personal destruction because they are opposed to gay marriage. There is outrage from the political left over the laws passed in Indiana and Arkansas intended to protect religious freedom. You'd think with the First Amendment to the Constitution that we would not need such a law but Christian businesses refusing to bake a cake or photograph a gay wedding are being targeted for destruction by gay activists.

Contrary to the narrative of the left, there is not wholesale discrimination of homosexuals going on in the United States. Most bakeries, caterers or photographers would be thrilled to service a gay wedding. The attacks on Christians are not about bringing social justice in the face of discrimination, it is all about destroying someone because they do not embrace your beliefs. Unfortunately, we can expect this trend to accelerate as we approach the Tribulation.

The gay activist hatred for Christians has a lot of similarities to the Islamists committing genocide in the Mideast lands they control. Indeed, the Islamists and the leftists share a lot of the same ideals because they are inspired by the same god who seeks to undermine the God of the Bible. Both are totalitarian in wanting to control all aspects of human existence. Both are anti-capitalist and regard individuals as only existing to serve the collective. Both see the U.S. freedom culture with individual liberties as an obstacle and want to fundamentally change or replace Western Civilization.

The progress of the progressives is beginning to accelerate as God is removing His restraint of evil. God is removing His restraint of evil to foreshadow there being no limits on evil during the Tribulation (2 Thess 2:7-8). The gay activists are not so much oppressed homosexuals as they are radical secular humanists who hate God and seek to purge His people from the culture. They believe Christians are holding society back from where they want it to go so they are ratcheting up their community organizing tactics to marginalize Christians.

What the radical secular humanists of the left do not realize is that their actions are likely to spark a revival in this country. It never ceases to amaze me that as hard as God-hating people try to avoid something through their efforts, the more likely the very thing they are trying to prevent from happening will happen. Yet they keep trying their godless schemes to the detriment of us all; secular humanists generally think they are smarter than all who have gone before them having fully embraced the dogma of macro-evolution. What was that definition of insanity attributed to Albert Einstein again?

We have just seen another example of secular humanist failure in the backlash from the left's attack on Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana (population 2,144). The out-pouring of support for this Christian business in raising $842K from a GoFundMe account set up on their behalf was amazing. Such developments give me hope for the people of this country. People are fed up with the politically correct leftist vision being jammed down our throats and jump at a chance to say that is not who we are.

There is however a pattern of evil that I've observed. Those seeking to tear down what God has established don't give up, they keep on nibbling away at our freedoms seeking to enslave others to their misery. We can expect escalating persecution even in the United States. The left will keep trying and there will not be enough GoFundMe giving to bail out all the targets of persecution. It is the spirit of Antichrist that uses fatigue-inducing tactics to wear-out the people of God: "He shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High" (Daniel 7:25).

All this should do is cause us to look even more forward to the return of Jesus who will bring peace, justice and truth to the earth (2 Peter 3:13). Nonetheless, we are going through this unique time for a reason. Jesus is still calling people to follow Him and we still have the opportunity to "work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work" (John 9:4). "Even so, come Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).

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