As noted in the previous article in this series, the war on Christianity is being waged through blatant violence in some parts of the world. Christians are being beaten, mutilated, killed because of their faith. In our nation the battlefronts are laws, media and social pressure. While not yet violent, the enemies of Christianity in this country are relentless and aggressive in their actions. As previously noted, for the purpose of this segment of this series of articles, the terms Christian and Christianity are used in a loose sense to include all who would identify themselves as Christians.
Saying that enemies of Christianity use law to fight against Christian influence is something of a misnomer. To a great extent, it is really an attempt to intimidate under the guise of law.
One of the most common tactics used is to threaten some government entity, such as a local public school district, with a lawsuit challenging some practice that supposedly violates the separation of church and state. It could be the inclusion of a prayer at a graduation ceremony, even if the prayer is approved by the graduating class.
Anything that can be loosely identified with Christianity on property owned by national, state or local government is open to challenge. Often, when a specific case goes to court, the lawsuit is thrown out, without legal basis. However, the legal process can cost tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The intimidation factor is enormous, leading many officials to simply surrender in order to avoid the cost of fighting the case.
We’ve already seen legal action taken against business owners who refuse to conduct business, such as baking a wedding cake for a gay wedding ceremony, that would violate their Christian faith. We’re coming closer to having to deal with laws telling churches what they cannot teach. The day may not be far off when teaching that gay marriage, or homosexuality in general, is sinful according to God’s word could be classified as a hate crime.
School children face scrutiny, in some cases discipline, for reading a Bible on school property during school hours during free time. In some companies, employees are instructed not to talk about religion during work hours, even during break time. Cursing and telling risqué jokes are permissible, but somebody might be offended to overhear two co-workers discussing the Bible privately over lunch. Even having a Bible laying on one’s desk in the work place can result in discipline, for fear of offending another employee.
It’s interesting that Christianity seems to be largely singled out in this cultural war. Other religious faiths seem to pretty much get a pass. It’s rather incredible to contemplate what’s happening, considering that Christianity has had more impact for good, on a more widespread basis, than any other belief system. Yet, it is being attacked incessantly and ever more aggressively. Things are truly being turned Upside Down! Can there be any doubt that Satan himself is behind it all?…
Gary L. Hutchens