Every once in a while I get a chance to listen to a KVI-Radio show called The Commentators and today was one of those occasions. The topic today was about whether Christianity is under attack in our nation or not. The hosts and the callers touched on the subject of church vs. state and the other usual stuff. I thought about this silly question for a moment and then said to myself; of course we are under attack, it’s so obvious.
Our nation was founded by predominantly Christians, our laws are based in Christianity, our schools taught from religious books and we celebrate Christian holidays. We are a Christian nation but have been losing the battle to sustain that position for almost the whole history of our nation. I can’t think of a new law that has firmed up a Christian view, but I can think of many that have been eroded by interpretations and precedent until we are at this point where I am not sure that the founding fathers would recognize us as a Christian nation any more. Many Americans don’t even know that we once were. Christians are under attack from inside our nation and from outside as well.
We shouldn’t be surprised though because the Bible speaks to our suffering after Christ’s death.
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. John 16:1-3
In the Middle East and at home we are being attacked morally and killed physically by those who condemn us for who we are: Christians. The Muslims have been killing both Jews and Christians for 1400 years. Following Christ death and the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans, Christianity flourished. But this growth was unique to Christianity because it happened not through armed violence and conquest, but in the face of and in spite of persecution and murder.
Why would anyone flock to a religion that for all intents and purposes would get them killed? The answer both then and today is hope. The hope that Christ offered in his death, his resurrection and in his words during his last days on this earth.
But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:6-11
So is Christianity under attack? Yes, as Christ warned us it would be.
Should we as Christians care? Yes, because Christ gave us both an assignment and this tough row to plow.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:19-20
Should we lose hope? Nope, but daily we must put our hope and faith in Christ for our salvation.