Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Understanding Christian Persecution

By Tim Gamble

I often highlight stories of Christian persecution around the world. There are several reasons emphasize these stories:

1) Persecution against Christians around the world is largely ignored by the mainstream corporate media, because two of the main culprits - Muslims & Communists - are protected classes within Leftist ideology, whereas Christians are generally considered the bad guys for promoting traditional values. A third major culprit - Authoritarian Elites - actually control much of Western media. Do you think they are actually going to report news that makes their follow Authoritarian Elites look bad?

2) It is important to understand just how dangerous it actually is to be a Christian in this world. Christians in America generally have a false impression that Christianity is safe, and many believe that by being Christian we will be spared any real suffering. Nothing is further from the truth. In fact, various New Testament passages show Jesus warning His followers of future persecution, which we must endure. 

Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved." -- Matthew 10:21,22 (NKJV)

And, yes, that includes His followers here in America. We will not be spared difficulties, hard times, or even active persecutions. In fact, it is un-Biblical to think we will be spared. 

"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." -- 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV)

3) Persecution against Christians is increasing sharply in America, and throughout Western Civilization. It fact, it is already happening. Just look at the eagerness with which certain governors in the US used the Covid 19 pandemic to shut down Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, while allowing Mosques and businesses like abortion clinics and liquor stores to remain open. Just look to Canada to find pastors imprisoned for challenging these anti-religion mandates. 

And persecution in the West doesn't require Covid to hide behind. It is being done openly more and more often. In England, a long-time nurse was just fired for wearing a cross necklace, despite the fact that nurses of other religions (Muslim, Hindu) are being allowed to wear their religious paraphernalia, including loose-fitting jewelry (read the full story). 

Authoritarian and collectivist regimes demand that the citizen's top loyalty be to the State, not to God, the Church, or even the family. The State essentially sets itself up as God, and hates competition for that slot. As America slides towards Authoritarianism, persecution will continue to increase. 

4) Islam and Sharia Law are utterly incompatible with Christianity and Western civilization, and represent a clear and present danger to our way of life. It may be politically incorrect to say so, but there is a clash of civilizations ongoing between traditional Western civilization and Islamic civilization. The two civilizations are very different - with different beliefs, values, and worldviews. 

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