America and the Advance of Religious Persecution

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If the Bible gives us anything, it is certainly a bigger picture understanding of the world.  Though America was founded predominantly by Christians, and its rise to greatness has been on the work of generations who held to Christian values, American Christianity is now entering its time of unpopularity.  The New World Order of puppet masters like George Soros and the leftist people who george-soros-hillary-clinton-emails-wikileaksare his play things are leading a new wave of ideology bent on the destruction of Christianity.  This is a wave of irresponsibility that boggles the minds of thoughtful, rational Christians.

 

acrefore-9780199329175-e-29-graphic-001-full“We’re a Christian nation” echoes in millions of conversations by Christians.  They usually follow that with “We let them take prayer out of school” or “If they put Bibles in the schools instead of the jail houses we wouldn’t have so many criminals”.  While the latter two are true, the former statement is not.  We are a nation founded overwhelmingly by Christians, but we guarantee freedom of and from religion.  We cite God on our money, our Pledge of Allegiance, and in our Declaration of Independence.  But we are a nation of free people.  Christians are also a nation of free people, and that is a huge source of our misunderstanding what is going on in America.

coinsRegardless of the country we inhabit, Christians are free to worship Christ, though we may face persecution when we do.  That may sound strange, but our authority to worship comes from no government on earth; it comes from God.  As Christians in America, we have been lulled for generations into the rut that freedom of religion is normal and we should take it for granted.  Reality testifies against having convictions without a cost, and so does Jesus Christ.

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Copper etchings of Christian persecution by Dutch engraver Jan Luyken published in 1685

In Matthew 5:10 (the Beatitudes), Christ declares “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  That is the part that we forget when we check our addresses.  Christians are only citizens of a country on earth for a season.  Our actual citizenship is in heaven.  Kingdoms and peoples rise and fall, but God remains the same and our lives and fortunes belong to Him.  Honestly, there never been such thing as a “Christian nation”, even when Constantine declared it of Rome in 325 AD.  One imperative requires that humanity never have a Christian nation, and that is the free will given to us by God.  Without the imperative of free will, we have no love, and without love, we have no relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

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Our greatness as a nation is in our Lord, not our votes or our population.  History is replete with examples of evil people on par with the George Soros’s, and Clintons, and Putins and other Christian-hating persecutors.  Where we live, or where they live on this patch of ground we call earth doesn’t matter.  Their persecution has been expected for 805f33f9d1d8bcf0dad71fc48800db0fc98aff9cmillennia.  That persecution reminds us of the blessings we have in our actual home, and that Kingdom is with and of God.

We shouldn’t give up on voting and elections, but we also shouldn’t allow our existence to rise and fall based on who broken people choose to vote for.  Whatever happens in this elections cycle or the next, Christians are promised everything they need from the One who created it all.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  Matthew 6:25-34

We should care about doing the “two greats”; the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission.  God will deal with His own will, and with the brokenness of America.

I would love to hear what you have to say, so please comment.  God bless!

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3 comments

  1. I’m not sure which is worse leftist ideology or right wing religious hypocrisy in its fierce support of a candidate like Donald Trump. Both are rather sickening in my opinion.

    • I don’t think I know any Christians gladly supporting Trump. I think they’re really voting for the Supreme Court. In context with American history post WWII, this country has entered a season where preserving an environment amenable to religious freedom is as tenuous and fleeting as its ever been.

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