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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Eradicating Christianity in America, One Baby Step at a Time

Eradicating Christianity in America, One Baby Step at a Time

The demons that use political correctness as their tool of choice have turned a corner recently toward the eradication of Christianity in American society.
Recently we’ve seen a Christian bakery put out of business for declining to make a cake for a same-sex “marriage,” a Christian photographer told that she must photograph a same-sex ceremony and that compromise of her Christian values is “the price of citizenship,” a bar owner fined $400,000 for asking cross-dressing patrons to leave for creating trouble in the bathrooms, and Christians discriminated against by the city council of San Antonio, Texas if they have ever expressed a belief in favor of traditional marriage.
All of these gross attacks on freedom of religion and freedom of speech have gone on with barely a notice from the American people at large.  These events have put our country squarely on the path of religious persecution, but for most people, it’s business as usual.
And those haven’t been the only abuses.  In California, public school students will have transgendered bathrooms, and New Jersey followed California in denying children suffering with gender-identity disorder access to the treatment they desperately need and that their parents desire for them.  Then of course there’s the HHS mandate.  I wish that exhausted the list of abuses…
The key to the demons’ success is not that all of these things have happened, but more that very few people seem to know or care.  People still get up and go to work.  None of the country’s industries have shut down, and no one has died.
Christians involved in the event industry have lost their freedom, but most Christians don’t work in that industry.  This week, only San Antonio codified discrimination in an official city policy, but most people don’t live in San Antonio.
These seem like baby steps that don’t affect the majority of Christians, let alone the majority of Americans, so even those who have heard of them (they have been shamefully underreported) simply breathe a sigh of relief that they weren’t hit and go on with their lives.
It reminds me of the quote regarding the Holocaust:

First they came for the gypsies,
And I didn’t say anything because I am not a gypsy,
Then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t say anything because I am not a Jew,
Then they came for the Catholics,
And I didn’t say anything because I am not a Catholic,
Then they came for me,
And there was no one left to say anything.

The same tactic is being used.  Little by little, Christians are told they are free to hold whatever beliefs they want, but to practice them will cost them the freedom to be in business or make a living.  You can believe what you want, but not in school.  You have freedom of speech, but that speech will cost you government contracts or even representation.
Little by little we are pushed into more of a cultural ghetto.  How will we respond?  Many will simply lack the endurance and give in (pray that we all have the strength to avoid that fate).  Some will keep their religion in a closet out of a genuine desire not to cause pain to others.  (One of the most brilliant angles of this whole attack is that it focuses on people with same-sex attraction.  Because as Christians, we generally love and respect these people, we have no desire to hurt them, and thus through a false compassion, can be silenced by our own sensitive hearts.)
But others will persevere.  They will fight in court.  They will band together, as the Irish immigrants of the nineteenth century did, and support each other.  They will form charitable associations; they will teach their children Truth; they will not sell their consciences, for bribe or for threat.
Will that remnant save our culture?  Maybe, maybe not.  But they will win a crown in Heaven, and they will save the souls of many others in the process.