What has started out with Christian bakers and photographers will soon blossom into persecution much broader with the IRS, DOJ, OSHA, BATF, and EPA getting involved! We will soon see Christians singled out, harassed, audited, inspected, intimidated, sued, and shut down with the support of the Obama machinery and those who challenge our religious freedom.
Obama said in his book, Dreams of My Father, that we need to liberate ourselves from poisoning influences of the European culture (destroy Christianity). Obama fully supports the homosexual agenda and attended a LGBT fundraiser in New York City and said, “Gay rights supersedes religious freedom.” Now the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage to legitimize same-sex unions has opened new persecution to those with religious convictions based upon the Bible that same-gender sex is sinful and certainly unnatural.
Now LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) activists are publicly calling this “hate speech” by labeling the words “same sex” as sinful! This could lead to making it illegal to quote certain Bible passages in public or preaching lessons that condemn homosexuality!
How should Christians respond to a hostile society when the going gets tough? My friends, we need to stand firm in our Biblical convictions and not compromise the truth. We need to warn our society of the coming judgment and what God has said concerning homosexuality in order to lift the guilt from our shoulders (Ezek. 3:18). We need to use our judicial system to the fullest extent to fight against imposed consequences by the Obama administration.
What is the cause of our problem? For the last 50 years, preachers and church elders have ignored Biblical doctrine on oneness of church, plan of salvation, New Testament pattern of worship, marriage and divorce and sin issues that will keep individuals out of Heaven in order to not offend anyone. The results of these decades of silence is showing up with the majority of Christians that have a shallow knowledge of God’s word.
Our society grows more menacing every day with judicial decisions being made that will threaten our right to stand up for Biblical principles to protect the unborn, discipline our children, condemn the practice of homosexuality, and uphold the sanctity of marriage.
Added to these difficulties now in parts of the world where Islam holds full power, they are brutally killing Christians! Think what would happen if they get a foothold in the USA!
The anti-Christian sentiment in our society today is growing at a fast and alarming rate. It is important that we prepare ourselves for difficult days ahead when the going gets tough. The Bible says, “Ye, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Tim. 3:12). The bottom line is that when anyone accepts the high standards of God rather than the standards of the world, he/she will encounter persecution. Why? Persecution is the way for Christians, because this world and its society, “Lie in the power of the evil one” (I John 5:19)
To all Christians, the Bible says, when the going gets tough, take heart and comfort knowing that God will avenge all wrongs and troubles that this world has put us through in the final judgment! (Romans 12:19-21) --- Earl Sutton