Persecution of Christians in America

Really?  Have we actually come to that?  Three recent cases suggest that we have.

Navy Chaplain Wes Modder was threatened with firing because he used the Bible and followed his church’s doctrine when counseling military personnel who came to him for guidance.  He was doing what he had been commissioned to do, but when his superior officer found that he was explaining biblical teaching on homosexuality, he tried to have him expelled from his position.  Fortunately the Navy has explicit guidelines for chaplains, none of which Modder had violated. He has been allowed to keep his position for the time being.

High school football coach Joe Kennedy has been threatened with “discipline, up to and including discharge from District employment” if he doesn’t stop praying at the 50 yard line after games.  Coach Kennedy, a former marine combat veteran started the practice of going there alone after games to offer a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing for the teams.  Before long other coaches from both teams decided to join him as did several players.  They made this choice with no coercion, but the Washington State school system has decided this must not be tolerated.  If the coach wants to pray, he can only do it in private.

Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis asked to be allowed to keep her name off marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples.  Because that was not allowed, she refused to issue marriage licenses.  As a result she was jailed.  The circuit court judge had her released after several days but ordered that she not interfere with her deputies in issuing marriage licenses (which still had her name on them). Legal action is ongoing on her behalf.

Those who pooh pooh the idea that these situations constitute religious persecution obviously don’t see the loss of a job, a business, or freedom as persecution.  They must think that all the person has to do is go along to get along.  In other words give up their strongly held beliefs in favor of political correctness.  Don’t they realize that in areas of the world overrun with ISIS terrorists, Christians are offered the same choice in order to live?

Os Guinness in The Global Public Square, reported that the U.S. “in 2010, for the very first time,… moved into the top sixteen countries of the world where there was a rise in both government restrictions and social hostility toward religion.”

Americans must recognize the truth that this situation is really occurring and if left unchecked will lead to a loss of freedom of conscience and belief for everyone.

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Politically Correct or True?

Possibly a majority of people have a negative perception when they hear the term “politically correct”.  Yet, many view truth through politically correct lenses.  For instance, they may think that their favorite news source is unbiased, but that of their neighbor is totally biased to the point of spreading lies.  When asked to give examples, they can’t prove any out-and-out fabrications, but still believe they are getting the straight truth and their neighbor is not.

So, how do we differentiate between what is politically correct and what is true?  First of all, what is politically correct can and will change with time.  Truth never changes.  Slavery was once politically correct in this country.  That is an unfortunate truth about our history.  Those who were preaching against slavery were out of sync with their time.  Their compassionate ideas were considered divisive and a threat to the freedom of slave owners.  There were even Supreme Court Justices on the side of slavery as demonstrated by the Dred Scott Decision. It became the “law of the land” and wasn’t to be violated. It is an unfortunate truth about our history of which many people either aren’t aware or choose to ignore.

We are now witnessing new politically correct ideas that are equally divisive. One of those is the issue of abortion.  Conservatives are against it, and liberals are for keeping it legal.  Social conservatives believe all human life is sacred no matter the age or health of the individual. Liberals believe the fetus is not fully human.  What is the truth?  When does life begin? Through technology, we’ve been able to see the development taking place in the womb–a beating heart, moving legs and arms, thumb sucking, opening and closing of eyes, and we know the blood flowing in the veins is human.  Yet, political correctness rejects it all as proof of personhood in favor of not infringing on the “rights” of the mother. It seems that we care not about what is lawful but only what is legal, and we don’t seem to know the difference.

The same is true of same-sex marriage.  Conservatives are against it.  Liberals are for it.  It’s politically correct, so in some minds it must be right.  But is it?  How do we decide?  Christians who take the Bible as the best source of truth believe Jesus’s words in Matthew 19: 4-6 settle the matter. Liberal minded people who either dismiss much of the Bible as allegorical or irrelevant prefer to believe that Jesus would not disapprove of a lifestyle that is politically correct.

Where does truth come in? Just as in the issue of slavery, politically correct attitudes and behaviors will have powerful and long-lasting consequences.  America is still paying the price for its failure to get it right with slavery.  History may see our generation as one of the most barbaric societies ever for the way we have treated the unborn.  Unbridled sexual license could bring such destruction to the family that America’s way of life will crumble and fall. Freedom loving people from all over the world may have to look elsewhere for what once was the American dream?  History will tell.