I think that it is high time for Christians in America to stand up and demand that our faith be treated with respect. Our country was founded upon the Judeo-Christian ethics in the Bible but this politically correct society wants to deny that fact and relegate Christianity and Christians to the trash heap of history. Generally speaking, the society in which we live is more than ready to do away with Christianity than we Christians would ever believe. An amoral, humanistic, liberal society has more respect for the other world religions than it does for the faith upon which our country was founded: Christianity. Some would argue with me about our being founded upon Christianity but I urge them to simply go and read our foundational documents and listen to the quotes from some of our founding fathers. There is no doubt about what their intentions were. It is clearly stated that America was founded to “propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ” and that the Bible is absolutely necessary for the proper governance of people.
This brings me to the fact that we should not be reticent to let the people of the world know that we are a Christian nation and that they need to understand that when they come here. No one from any other religion should be surprised to hear a Christian prayer which ends with “in Jesus’ Name, Amen.” They should expect that. If I were in Arabia, I would expect to hear a Muslim cleric pray in their fashion and I would not be offended. I could pray silently in my own way. But, in America, we are expected to forget our Christian heritage and foundation and make room for everyone else to the point that we are not suppose to offer a decidedly Christian prayer in public. I think this is foolish and destructive to our American culture. It is most of all dishonoring to Jesus Christ.
I think a person should be able to worship as they see fit in America, but don’t tell Christians that they have to change what they do simply because others have come here.
In Saudi Arabia a Christian is not allowed to worship or speak of his faith to others. They certainly can’t pray a Christian prayer in public. That is true in other Muslim countries as well. But here, we allow them to worship in an unhindered way. In Indonesia many Christians are dying simply because they are Christians but here, people of other world religions worship as they desire. In India Christians are persecuted and killed in many areas of the country simply because they are Christians. In Somalia, thousands of Christians are dying because they won’t convert to Islam. But, in the U.S. all people can worship as they choose with no fear of reprisal. Even further than that, we Christians are not supposed to stand for the totality of Christianity because we might offend someone of another religion. This has got to stop!
There are many “special” programs which are and have been produced denigrating Jesus Christ. The accounts of his birth, death, burial and resurrection and brought under suspicion and critical analysis with the general conclusion being that the events of the Bible are simply not true. One should remember that any time a secular group deals with spiritual things, especially Jesus Christ, they will “goof it up” royally. They are incapable of understanding these things because they are seeking to deal with Godly spiritual principles with unredeemed minds. We have been told through the media that Jesus was married and had children. We have also been informed of the fact that they have found a bone box that contained the bones of Jesus. It is stated that Jesus was not born in Bethlehem but in Nazareth. There was no special star announcing his birth but an alignment of planets which produced a bright light. He only “swooned” on the cross and the coolness of the tomb revived Him. And, oh yes, He is the illegitimate son of a Roman soldier. Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children by her. He even sinned like we do. And, the list could go on and on.
Let me ask this question: “Why don’t they write books and make movies that say things like that about Mohammed?. They won’t produce such things about Mohammed because they fear the results. They know the Muslims will not put up with it and that the consequences are severe as has been made evident by many news reports. But, Hollywood and book publishers are not afraid of Christians because they know we react in a totally different way. We will handle them with grace and pray for them. We will endure the persecution while all the time trusting in God to deal with it properly. They know they won’t experience very much retribution if they slander Jesus. But, I want them to remember something: God is keeping the score and He is not going to let those who dishonor and slander His Son escape the consequences. Hollywood and this secular society in general had better be careful because they are dealing with the Son of God and He is supreme in this universe. They had better Think About This!
Reverend William (Bill) Harrell has been in ministry 48 years. He served as the pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, GA for over 30 of those years. He can be reached at [email protected]. You can also check out his blog at www.williamfharrell.com.