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The Left’s Use of Intimidation to Silence Christians


Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, who was lambasted after smiling in a viral video at a Native American activist, went on the “Today” show Wednesday to defend his reputation. (Photo: “Today” show)

If you’re Christian, shut up. That’s been the unmistakable message of our current culture in recent weeks.

Karen Pence has been lambasted for her decision to teach at a Christian school. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, after asking a judicial nominee about his membership in the Catholic Knights of Columbus, has tied the organization to the alt right.”

And a group of teenage Catholic schoolboys waiting for a bus at the March for Life, who didn’t know the mob-approved way to handle a Native American activist walking up to them, are fighting for their reputations.

Of course, this isn’t really about Karen Pence, or judicial nominee Brian Buescher, or the Covington Catholic High boys. It’s about intimidating everyone else.

It’s telling the husband or wife of an up-and-coming lawmaker that if they want to teach at a school, it’s probably better they choose a non-Christian one, unless they want their spouse someday ensnared in a media cycle over LGBT discrimination.

It’s telling the law student who dreams of someday becoming a judge that no matter how appealing he finds joining a Catholic charitable organization, it’s probably better for his career ambitions if he doesn’t.

And it’s telling schools and students and parents that no matter if they are willing to deal with the expense and trouble of hauling dozens or hundreds of students to Washington, D.C., on buses and having them sleep on gym floors, it still might not be a good idea—because the students’ future reputations, careers, and college prospects could all be gone with one viral video.

No, that wouldn’t happen if the students came to Washington to fight for gun control or raise awareness of climate change.

Just if they’re there to speak up for the babies who can’t.

When President Donald Trump was elected—in a shock for conventional D.C. wisdom—it become obvious that there were plenty of silent Americans who, in the privacy of the ballot box, dared to defy the politically correct, woke cultural leaders of our time. But it’s not enough to vote.

I’m glad Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, isn’t backing down and resigning. I’m thrilled Brian Buescher is remaining a member of the Knights of Columbus, and that Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., introduced a resolution saying there’s nothing wrong with a judge being in the Knights. I’m heartened that the Covington students are fighting back, and saying they did nothing wrong.

But they can’t do this all on their own.

About 70 percent of Americans are Christian, according to the Pew Research Center. They—and everyone who believes in religious freedom—need to start speaking up.

You don’t have to agree with Buescher’s judicial philosophy to say that in the United States, there should be no religious test for judges.

You don’t have to have attended a Catholic school or be pro-life to say that a group of teen boys being awkward around an activist—an activist who later that weekend tried to bring a group of protesters to disrupt a Catholic Mass at the basilica in D.C.—should not be a news story, much less a reputation destroyer.

You don’t have to agree with Immanuel Christian School’s faith tenets to defend Karen Pence’s right to choose the school where she wants to teach.

You know what breeds intolerance? Silence. It’s easy for someone to kvetch about the Covington boys or mock the second lady as a bigot at the water cooler if he has no reason to believe any other colleague will speak up. We need to take a lesson from the left’s playbook.

Here’s what liberals do really well: They share their stories. And they make it personal. We need to do the same.

Did your son or daughter go to the March for Life? Talk about it. Share how proud you were that they cared enough about the lives of unborn babies to be on a bus for 20 hours and sleep on a crowded gym floor.

And share how scared you are that they, too, could become targets of social media activists and mainstream media because they didn’t know the appropriate public relations strategy to deal with a protest.

Does it make you feel like an alien in your own country that what you hear from the pews on Sunday could make you ineligible to do certain jobs in our system? Express that anxiety. Tell the truth about how you don’t like being treated like a second-class citizen in your own nation.

Are you appalled that your mom’s job at a Christian school could get her branded as a bigot? Say that. Share the facts: Plenty of Christian denominations adhere to 2,000 years of sexual morality, and demand no sex outside of marriage—whether you’re straight or LGBT.

If we keep talking, things will change.

Because people know that if their colleague Kelly is pro-life, or their hair stylist Melissa is Christian, or their neighbor Bob teaches at a Christian school, they will think twice. That doesn’t mean they will agree with Kelly or Melissa or Bob. But it does mean they will realize it’s unfair to assume all pro-lifers hate women, or that all Christians hate LGBT people. They will realize it’s more complex than the woke leaders of social media say it is. And then we can have real discussions and real dialogues, person to person.

I get that it’s hard. I’m often more of a coward than I’d like to be—even with the job security of working at a conservative news outlet. It’s hard to speak up sometimes, especially if you’re scared people will judge you or there will be hidden consequences—promotions that never occur, networking that abruptly stops.

But we don’t have a choice.

Right now, thought leaders in the United States are working overtime to make it clear: Stand up for your Christian beliefs, your pro-life beliefs—and you will pay.

But we can rise up, too.

If there’s one thing we should have learned in this era of Trump, it’s that standing up to bullies works. And we need to—because there’s nothing American about a future where holding certain religious beliefs makes you a second-class citizen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Katrina Trinko is managing editor of The Daily Signal and co-host of The Daily Signal podcast. She is also a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors. Send an email to Katrina.

For Christians Who See the Fall of the West: Fight or Flight? A number of new books courageously sound the alarm about the forces hostile to Christianity today.


  Authored by Fr. Benedict Kiely | Updated 17 Mar 2017 at 7:59 AM

URL of the original posting site: http://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/for-christians-see-the-fall-of-the-west-fight-or-flight/

The challenges to Western Christianity in the United States, but also to Europe, have been the subject of several new books out this year. One could even argue that the warnings advanced by some of the authors about the decline and “soft persecution” of orthodox Christianity in the U.S. are not warnings for European Christians — but reality.

Among the authors of these books — called “alarmists” by one critic — are Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia; the well-known writer and academic Anthony Esolen; and the journalist and blogger Rod Dreher. Overlooked by many in their reviews is also the work of First Things Editor Rusty Reno.

In broad strokes, it is possible to say they all deal, in some way, with the perennial issue in Christianity of “fight or flight” — the challenge in which society appears to be too corrupt or too inimical for Christians to participate in the life of the public square. These authors certainly sound the alarm about the rapid disintegration of Christian culture and the forces that are actively hostile to it. With one exception, they propose fight, not flight.

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They are fighting to reclaim society for Christ, fighting for the right to live faith in the public square, and fighting for the family, particularly — the bedrock of society — against the multiple anti-family forces, including the media and government.

Many, if not most orthodox Christians, would agree with much of what these notable authors write — to criticize them as “alarmists” seems rather peculiar. Surely, if the ship is heading toward the iceberg, failing to sound the alarm is both unwise and cowardly, yes?

It is a function of the prophet, as Ronald Knox said at Hilaire Belloc’s funeral, to “see the evils of the day in a clear light.”

That vision will usually receive both criticism and hostility, often from those within the family of the Faith — that should be no surprise. The criticism of “alarmism” also seems to presuppose that sounding the alarm is a sign of negativity, yet the canary in the mine was there to save lives; without the canary, people died.

With tens of millions of abortions, the sacred bond of matrimony “redefined,” increasing government interference in every aspect of family life and education, and anti-Christianity being the last acceptable prejudicefighting is necessary.

Related: A Day Without an Abortion in America

The alarm has been powerfully sounded and a vibrant debate has truly begun. This can only be a good thing for those who take their faith seriously and wish to further God’s kingdom on this earth. Perhaps the return of “Christendom” is not a possibility, at least in the near future; but there is certainly nothing wrong with aspiring to that noble goal.

The one exception to the “fight” narrative — reclaiming and engaging with the culture — is “The Benedict Option” by Rod Dreher. Dreher would probably argue that his book has as much “fight” in it as the others, and he would be correct; but his fight comes through flight.

“The Benedict Option” is an idea first coined by the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, who saw the figure of  St. Benedict of Nursia and the monastic family he founded as the source, not only of the survival of Christianity as the Roman empire collapsed, but of the creation of later Christian society, or Christendom itself. Broadly speaking, it was St. Benedict’s decision to flee the corruption of Rome — the “fuga mundi” — and establish an alternative Christian society outside of the mainstream, ultimately Western monasticism, that is the model for Dreher’s thesis.

Not that individual or families become monks but, as the clearest of the “alarmists,” Dreher sees no short-term hope for the revival of Christian society without that necessary withdrawal or “flight.”

It is interesting to note, on a personal level, that, in the nearly 18 years I have lived in the United States, I have observed the idea of much of what Dreher proposes become a reality. Families have moved to live near some of the new and ancient monasteries, like Clear Creek in Oklahoma. The new Catholic colleges, vibrant centers of orthodoxy and youthful enthusiasm, have themselves become little centers of the “Benedict option” — Wyoming Catholic College and Thomas Aquinas, to name but a few.

In fact, pick any of the new authentically Catholic colleges, and you will find families and individuals who have moved there to be part of the community. This seems to be part of what Dreher envisions in the “flight” — with community, liturgy, and family at the center of the alternative society.

Critics of Dreher’s vision have warned of the “Catholic ghetto,” and proposed the second-century “Letter to Diognetus” as a better model of how Christians should live in a pagan culture; Archbishop Chaput focuses on that model in his book.

Yet it is perfectly possible to argue that there is no discrepancy between the “Letter to Diognetus” and “The Benedict Option.” Second-century Christians were certainly in a pagan culture; in fact, they were often in grave danger. Moreover, they were far from assimilated into the culture. They were an alternative society, tightly bound by their liturgical practice and family life, even though they lived among pagans. 

Pope Benedict XVI — who took the name of St. Benedict partly because of the eclipse of Christianity in the West — has described, in his final “Testament” interview with Peter Seewald, his depression and sadness as he has witnessed the slow death of the faith in much of the West. Maybe his vision of a “smaller, purer church” will be the fruit of the dialogue between fight and flight?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Fr. Benedict Kiely is a Catholic priest and founder of Nasarean.org, which is helping the persecuted Christians of the Middle East. 

Two Christians Arrested then Fined For Preaching in UK


waving flag disclaimerAuthored By Michael Ware March 1, 2017

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There are no greater visions of revival outside the scriptures than those of the open air preaching of England.  Men like Wesley’s, Whitfield, and others called their countrymen to repentance.  Many were saved, even though most of what they preached was not well accepted in their day.

It is no surprise that this situation is returning to England.  But, now the preaching is illegal.  Open air “preaching” must be non-offensive.  Do not scare or alarm the sinner.  And two men are finding out just how expensive it can be offending someone in Britain.

Christian News reports

Two street preachers who were arrested last July on accusations of “causing a disturbance” and engaging in “anti-social behavior” after some listeners became offended by their speech about issues such as Islam, Buddhism, homosexuality and divorce have been found guilty of “intentionally alarming” the public with open-air preaching.

The verdict against Michael Overd of the U.K. and Michael Stockwell of the U.S. was handed down Tuesday in Bristol Magistrates’ Court. They were fined $4202.98 each.

During their trial, prosecutor Ian Jackson “told the court some of the statements made by the preachers may have been in the King James Bible, translated in 1611, but that did not mean they were acceptable in 2016,” according to the Daily Mail.combined truth-hate-speech

What this verdict means is that there will be a second thought for those preaching.  Whether they are completely honest when asked about forgiveness will have to be weighed in their minds.  Will it be worth the cost?

The Liberal government of Britain does not want the gospel to be given, unfiltered to the people.  They do not mind that they be Christian, as long as it is in title only.  True repentance in England would likely mean the thieves/politicians would be out on their bums.

So much for freedom of speech.

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This Iraqi Christian Leader Supports Donald Trump! [VIDEO]


waving flagAuthored By Joe Scudder February 11, 2017

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This Iraqi Christian leader does not seem worried about Trump’s travel ban and extreme vetting. It is no surprise that this Iraqi Christian leader does not get much coverage in the mainstream media. I refer to the Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq. Here he is being interviewed last August:

Now he has been commenting on our new President. According to Fox News:

The Archbishop for the Christian community in Iraq hopes President Trump and will help minority religious groups in the region. Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil in Iraq, said as long as Trump’s executive order includes special preferences for all victims of ISIS, it can be a positive for Christians in the region, whose plight Trump has been sympathetic to.

“I would personally prefer that our people stay here in their ancient homeland, but I also understand that many have lost hope,” Archbishop Warda said to Fox News. “They have suffered too much and want to leave. It is not my place to force them to stay. 

“That said, the fact that an American administration seems to know that there are Christians and other religious minorities here who need help is something I find heartening. I hope this means that we will no longer be excluded from U.S. government and UN aid, which our people desperately need.”

Warda, a key figure in the beleaguered Iraqi Christian community, has been vocal in the past about the lack of assistance from the U.S. government to Christians and other minorities in the region. Now, he hopes the current administration in Washington has started a helpful dialogue.

“How is it possible that a community suffered genocide, that has seen its numbers decline by more than 8 in 10 in a little over a decade, [receives] nothing at all from the American government that is funding countless humanitarian projects for internally displaced persons in this country?” he said.

 

The Nineveh Plain region, also known as the Plain of Mosul, has been the ancestral homeland of Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac Christians, Yazidis and other minorities — all of whom were under attack from ISIS since the terror group rose in 2014. These ethnic and religious minority groups were driven from the Plain when the Islamic State attempted to establish their caliphate.christian-persecution

One of the most awful results of George W. Bush’s war in Iraq has been the devastation of the Christian churches there. Donald Trump condemned the Bush’s Iraq slaughter in no uncertain terms. Furthermore, he’s promised to protect Christian refugees. As Bradford Richardson pointed out in the Washington Times,

Advocates who work to protect persecuted groups say there is a “blind spot” in the West concerning the plight faced by Christians around the world — a shortsightedness evident in the overwhelmingly negative reaction to President Trump’s executive order granting preferred refugee status to persecuted religious minorities.

From the Coptics in Egypt and the “house churches” in China to the “subversives” in North Korea and the “apostates” in Pakistan, Christians are under fire on the international stage.

Paul Coleman, deputy director of the Alliance Defending Freedom International, said the international persecution of Christians is unrivaled. “No person or group should live in fear of being killed, tortured or oppressed because of their religious beliefs,” Mr. Coleman said in a statement. “By all accounts Christians are the most persecuted group on the planet.”

We need an administration that cares about this issue!amen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the “nom de plume” (or “nom de guerre”) of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

Students Put Up Posters on Campus Targeting Christians. Where is the Outrage?


waving flagBy Michael Ware April 7, 2016

Recently there have been posters popping up all over select university campuses. The posters call out a certain group of people. They target and degrade a single group of students on campus. And of course, since that group is Christians, there is no outrage.

Breitbart reports

A growing university poster campaign is asking CP 01Christian students to check their privilege. Although the campaign originated out of the University of San Francisco, the message has now created backlash with students across the country after the posters went viral on social media networks like Tumblr and Facebook.

This is a scary trend, considering most of the people writing the posters come from rich, privileged homes. Yes I am a ChristianMost likely none of the producers of these posters are from poor or even lower class families. And almost without exception, none are paying their way through school.

But worse than that is the fact that the people behind these posters ignore the biggest problem with their message. The problem is that they completely ignore the struggle that a Christian faces on these campuses.

Breitbart continues

Not only have faculty been accused of treating Christians unfairly, but university administrators have allegedly engaged in discriminatory practices as well. In 2015, National Review columnist David French detailed his experience with the university practice of “ideological cleansing,” which he claimed almost cost a Christian applicant a spot on the faculty at Cornell Law School: “the committee almost rejected an extraordinarily qualified applicant because of his obvious Christian faith (he’d attended a Christian college, a conservative seminary, and worked for religious conservative causes). In writing, committee members questioned whether they wanted his “Bible-thumping” or “God-squadding” on campus.”Big Gay Hate Machine

And all the while, we have the same problem with the Christian that we have with the LGBT community; none was born in this class. I am not a Christian from birth no more than a transgender is transgender from birth.

And if they do not like me having privilege that they wish they had, then I have a solution. Convert or move to a Muslim country. Then they can write a poster about Muslim privilege.

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Evangelist Billy Graham Just Issued A Scary Warning To Every Church In America


waving flagPosted by Jack Davis November 5, 2015

URL of the original posting site: http://www.westernjournalism.com/evangelist-billy-graham-just-issued-a-scary-warning-to-every-church-in-america/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=ConservativeHeadlinesEmail&utm_campaign=AM2&utm_content=2015-11-07

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The words were first penned the dawn of the Cold War in 1957 when the foundations of American society were being shaken. The Rev. Billy Graham has shared them again in 2015, when the threat of persecution is no longer from a godless communist rival across the globe, but from a society that daily makes war on Christianity.cp 11

In this month’s Decision magazine, under the headline, “Prepare for Persecution: A Message from Billy Graham,” Graham urges Americans to prepare for the trials to come.

“As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries,” he wrote, noting that such an exemption from persecution is unusual.

“Christ strongly warned Christians that to follow Him would not be popular, and that in most circumstances it would mean cross-bearing and persecution,” Graham wrote.

Graham understood that privations will force many to compromise their beliefs.

“… it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ. Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest. Many who boast of being courageous would be cowardly,” he wrote.

Graham offered five ways for faith to survive the coming trials.

“Make sure of your relationship with God,” he wrote. “Even though most Americans see the storm clouds gathering on the horizon, by and large we are making few preparations to meet God. This is a time for repentance and faith. It is a time for soul-searching, to see if our anchor holds.”

He urged Christians to walk with God daily. “If you are not strengthening the inner man or woman by daily walking with God now, when a crisis comes you will quake with fear and give in, having no strength to stand up for Christ,” Graham wrote.

Reading the Bible, and reading it deeply, are essential activities, he said. “Too many Christians today are entangled with the affairs of this world, caught in a net of material interest and diversion. Scripture, to many, is little more than a reference book for biblical facts. It is seldom opened and rarely relished as the spiritual staff of life that it is,” he wrote.

Prayer is vital, Graham wrote. “If Christianity is to survive in a world filled with materialism, the church must have a revival of prayer. As individuals, we must repent of prayerlessness. The prayer meeting must become the vital institution it was when evangelical Christianity was the mightiest force in the world,” he wrote.

“Christ must be vitally real to us if we are to prove loyal to Him in the hours of crisis,” he also wrote.

Graham’s warning concludes with a plea that Christians put their trust where it belongs. “Our nation ranks as the greatest power on the face of the earth. But if we put our trust in armed might instead of Almighty God, the coming conflict could conceivably go against us. History and the Bible indicate that mechanical and material might are insufficient in times of great crisis,” he wrote.

“The wheels of God’s judgment can be heard by discerning souls across the length and breadth of nations. Things are happening fast! The need for a return to God has never been more urgent,” Graham wrote.

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Religion and Politics: The Fire Is On the Wire


waving flagBy:  Anne Reed, Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015

URL of the Original Posting Site: http://www.afa.net/the-stand/the-culture-war/religion-and-politics-the-fire-is-on-the-wire/

Religion and Politics: The Fire Is On the Wire“…it is growing more and more evident that “sharing the gospel” and “getting involved in politics” are not just loosely intertwined, but soldered together.”

– Anne Reed

Several years ago, I began to grow weary of the common belief that Christians should not be involved in politics or take any interest in civil government. Many have fallen into this category of thinking because of a secular view of separation of church and state. David Barton of WallBuilders clearly dispels this myth.

To form their argument, many stress God’s sovereignty, clarifying that political leaders are in position because God Salt and Light 02ordained it. And, well, we should just submit and stay out of it. Some say that we should not be involved with politics because it’s corrupt. That is exactly the reason why we should be there…to take light into the darkness!  Maybe our government is so corrupt precisely because we have stayed out of it!  Maybe we have been very poor stewards of God’s blessings.  

Why would He be in control of every area of life and send us into every corner no matter how dark (prisons, human trafficking situations, sick-filled hospitals, dangerous neighborhoods, the sidewalks of abortion facilities, etc.) and yet not ordain His children to participate in the government He has put in place? And in America, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are required to serve in a political office to be involved. 

Was God not sovereign when the Constitution was written giving authority to the people? The Declaration of Independence clearly identifies God as the giver of our rights, and places the responsibility of government on the governed (that would be us):

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to those ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying it’s foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.

Some believe we need to get off our “high horse” as President Obama recently put it. We absolutely need to humble ourselves, repent and pray! And, we must engage in the culture war that is essentially a fight (not of flesh and blood) to uphold God’s name in our nation. I know that as I’ve become more and more aware of the realities of our day, I’ve also become increasingly aware of my own part as I ignored or slothfully watched the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob painfully dishonored in countless ways. For this, I am ashamed.

When we turn from our old attitudes of indifference and complacency, evidence is seen through our obedience to God and His Word, regardless of what others may think of us or what names they may call us. That is not a pride thing – that is a faithful thing. 

And sometimes accusations and attacks come from inside the camp. Those are more painful. Even so, we should salt and light 04produce fruit that is worthy of repentance. He makes us salt and light – not a dim light or flavorless salt!  What use are those?  

When Jesus left key instructions for His disciples, He knew they would doubt what He was about to say:

When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:17-20 NASB)” 

Why do we doubt the authority of Christ? It feels safe when we sit in soft chairs in our comfortably heated and cooled sanctuaries to worship. We can easily sit there in a state of doubt. But to take ourselves into the places of uncertainty is altogether different. We may risk the loss of friends, comforts, and even safety. If we believe Jesus is who He says He is and that He really is with us, we will go and make disciples of all nations, including this one! That means we are to preach the whole gospel – a message that is increasingly offensive.

In light of many currents dragging away our freedoms, it is growing more and more evident that “sharing the gospel” and “getting involved in politics” are not just loosely intertwined, but soldered together. This has proven true by recent lawsuits forcing Christians to get involved in political and legal battles by simply holding true to their Godly convictions.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa in Oregon have been required to pay $135,000 to compensate a lesbian couple for emotional suffering after they declined to make a cake for their same-sex wedding.

First, let me say this: I’m planning a wedding currently. I ordered the cake just a few days ago. If the baker had told me she couldn’t bake the cake because she didn’t agree with heterosexual marriage, or for whatever reason, I would not have suffered emotionally. I’m not that fragile. I would have called another bakery – simple as that.

But aside from that, homosexual activists were not satisfied with the win or monetary gain unless it destroyed the Klein family financially. When a GoFundMe account was set up, 81% ($109,000) of their $135,000 fine was secured in less than eight hours. GoFundMe acquiesced to pressure and closed the account.

Although we are obviously not experiencing the degree of persecution that other nations endure (sometimes to death), the fire is on the wire (as in the featured photo). And we can no longer hide behind our fears and excuses. 

Will God give us a way out? Is it too late for us to return to Godly behavior in our nation?  Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan (NASB).” 

A Pew research poll conducted in September 2014 presents a somewhat hopeful picture. When asked whether churches and other houses of worship should express their views on day-to-day social and political issues, 49% said yes, and 48% said they should keep out of political matters. This is up from 2010, when 52% wanted churches to keep out of politics, while only 43% wanted churches to express their political views.

In reality, our true hope is found in Jesus Christ our Lord. His Kingdom cannot be destroyed. And we are told in Matthew 10:28: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (NASB).” So, regardless, we win. But, I personally long to see a faithful Church stand true to God; that He may be glorified, worshipped and honored.

Samaritan’s Purse has set up a fund to help the Kleins and other Christians recover from religious persecution: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/christian-couple-faces-135000-fine/#donateBottom OARLogo Picture6

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