Christians: Don’t be intimidated into silence
Are we still a Christian nation? Is a pastor open game for litigation by activists who dare him to quote the Bible from his pulpit, because some view scripture as “hate speech?” Does the Bible violate certain perceived civil rights? Do those civil rights trump the freedom of speech and religion we have enjoyed for over two hundred years in our great country? Where are we headed in America?
Judeo Christian principles were the basis for our founding documents (The Constitution and the Bill of Rights). Many signers of the Declaration of Independence were ordained ministers. Princeton, Harvard, Yale and other noted schools of higher learning were birthed as institutions to train preachers for the ministry. Congress actually published the first Holy Bibles in America. With the recent United States Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage, which overturned the will of majority votes of the people in most states, it would appear our principles are taking a back seat to secular society and to the theories of relativism and universalism.
The theory of relativism as espoused in the new age bible, A Course in Miracles, states that there is no sin. How convenient. If there is no sin, then one can behave in any way they deem appropriate. Everything is relative. What may be sin for one is not necessarily sin for another. A progressive doctrine, black liberation theology, teaches that Jesus is NOT the only way of salvation, that there is no hell, and that homosexuality is not sin. Universalism believes that there are many “paths” to the “Universe,” which is the metaphysical term for “God” or “Higher Power.”
Many Christian believers are currently portrayed as hate mongering bigots for simply opposing “politically correct” views of cultural elites in media, politics, entertainment, and in our universities. The method is to shame us into silence, however we need to be reminded that Jesus Christ spoke the Truth boldly. He and His Word have always been provocative and confrontational.
Paul the Apostle, who wrote two thirds of the New Testament from a prison cell, warned the church at Corinth that pagan behaviors had crept into the church. He listed ten “sins” that would prevent them from inheriting the Kingdom of God; fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality (the original Greek includes the practice of transgenderism), pederasty (sex with boys), thievery, covetousness, drunkenness, slander (vulgar language, accusations, name calling), and extortion. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
These words of Paul are considered hate speech by many today. Paul was beaten, left for dead, imprisoned, and ultimately killed for voicing his beliefs. Is this generation of American Christians willing to raise the standard of righteousness in an increasingly evil culture? I would be so bold as to declare that, in spite of very outspoken, well-funded, anti-Christ voices, Christians are instructed to be watchmen on the wall and sound the alarm (Mark 13:35-37). Hebrews 4:12 in the Amplified Bible says, For the Word that God speaks is ALIVE and full of power…
It’s the Word of God that we believe in our hearts and speak with our mouths and act upon that will change our world and circumstances.