The persecution of Christians begins

“For the first time in American history a woman has been imprisoned by the government for merely exercising her Christian faith. War has been declared on Christ and His followers.” Matt Barber

This is a sobering quote and the accompanying article is excellent. What we are witnessing today in America might be unprecedented in our history and does not bode well for our future—particularly our children’s.

We have arrived at a point where the once dominant belief system in thecountry—Christianity—is now being criminalized, mocked, ridiculed and litigated against. How could we have arrived at this point where a mere twenty years ago no one could have imagined?

Though I admire Matt Barber and believe his analysis of our culture is usually spot on, I disagree with his last statement:

“And [they] awakened a sleeping giant in the process.”

Being a realist, the “sleeping giant” which Matt speaks of—Christians—will certainly not permanently wake up. Sure, we are rattling our sabers now and getting some media attention and many, like myself, are posting articles on Facebook and going to social media to vent our disbelief and rage at this Christian sister being unlawfully imprisoned.

But we will fall back asleep as the furor dies down, launching back onto our comfortable sofas after we reach for another generous helping of “comfort food” from our overstuffed refrigerators. Our attention will be diverted by the next box office hit or sports event and we will shrug our shoulders and mutter, “Oh well. We just have to keep trusting the Lord…He’ll work it all out.” Then, we will post yet another picture of our cat or dog on Facebook and giggle and gush how precious it is and how much we love them.

Did the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade wake up “the sleeping giant”? It certainly did not, and thought the faithful remnant has consistently fought this good fight, the overwhelming majority of pastors would rather preach a sermon on the necessity of the tithe than to speak up for those being slaughtered in the womb.

As I have written before, Christians need to start asking the tough question of “why” the Lord has allowed America to fall so far in such a short amount of time. And we need to be standing in front of a full-length mirror when we do so.

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