As established in the previous four articles in this series, there is a war being waged on Christianity. The reader is encouraged to read those articles. The terms Christian and Christianity are used in this segment of articles to refer to all who would call themselves Christians. The war is real, it is worldwide in scope, and the devil is behind it.
It is a violent conflict in some nations, complete with murders and other atrocities against those who profess Christianity. In other countries, including the United States, the war is being waged on more subtle, though no less aggressive, fronts such as through the entertainment industry, the news media and the legal system. But one of the most vigorous avenues of attack against Christianity in this country is through social pressure.
Many in our nation today are blatantly prejudiced against Christianity and its influence on our culture, and they attack it with hostility. A Christian who takes an open stand against immorality is often looked down upon as being a weirdo. He gets accused of being judgmental, unloving, narrow minded, ignorant, even hateful. To stand for righteousness seems to put one in the minority these days. The critics frequently lash out with such anger and vitriol that they demonstrate themselves to be shameless hypocrites.
Our colleges and universities have been largely taken over by instructors and administrators who are extremely liberal. Liberalism is supposed to be a philosophy of tolerance. But today’s liberals are generally anything but tolerant toward those who disagree with them, particularly conservative Christians. Anyone who wants to get anywhere in the academic world often find themselves faced with the dilemma of having to compromise their principles and beliefs or being squashed in their endeavors.
Graduate degrees are withheld, grants are not awarded, teaching positions are denied on a regular basis to qualified applicants whose only fault is that they disagree with the liberal orthodoxy. Many Christian young men and women have lost their faith under the barrage of atheistic philosophy leveled against them when they enter college.
The wise man wrote long ago, “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.” (Prov. 14:34). That truth has not changed. However, the mindset of today’s culture seems to be that being identified with sinfulness elevates and honors a nation, while righteousness is a throwback to the dark ages. How incredibly obtuse! We need to pay heed to God’s warning, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20).
We need to reset our mind “on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col. 3:2). We have largely allowed the devil’s influence to prevail, and as a result our culture has been turned Upside Down… As a nation we’re sinking deeper into depravity. We cannot allow social pressure to silence our Christian influence. Ultimately, this world will pass away (1 Jn. 2:17). If we’ll stand tall against sinfulness, wickedness and evil, by God’s grace we can help turn things around. Otherwise, we may go down with the ship…
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Gary L. Hutchens