The Persecution of the Church
December 15, 2005I, for all intents and purposes, am a Christian, tried and true. I've been tempted, and solely by the grace of God, I didn't give in. But what about those "Christians" who do give in? What about the hypocrites that sit at the "amen pew"? And just what was the cause of all this hatred toward the Christian faith?
I have two theories about why the Church (the real Church) has been persecuted so much in so much of the world. Especially in the United States. One of these hypotheses relate directly to the hypocrites from the Faction (the FAKE church).
Take the Crusades, for example. All the Crusades were, were nothing more than stupid and futile attempts at reclaiming the Holy Land. Those who participated spent years trying to do it by force. Exercising an attempt in futility, they eventually failed and tried again a few times before finally getting the message that we don't belong there.
Finally, they gave up on the forceful method and adopted a different approach. Unfortunately for them, the damage had already been done. In time, Christianity in the Middle East generalized into everyone being infidels and lunatics.
But, if one were to look at the real holy wars more closely, one would look at the U. S. itself. There is a war going on here, as well. The Faction started the war, just like they started the Crusades. If the Church (Now fighting on both the physical and spiritual fronts) loses the war, Christianity and virtually every other religion in the United States will cease to exist.
The persecution of the Church in America comes in two forms, however. One form takes the appearance of lawsuits; the other comes in the form of public bashing.
I have seen very few times when an adult publicly insults my faith or me. On the other hand, teenagers bash and publicly insult my faith on a regular basis without meaning or cause.
I direct your attention to the former: Adult bashers. Say a man (We'll name him Jason) is a biker, who just decided to go to church one morning, to see what it's like. He walks in and when the Faction sees Jason. They walk up to him and say to him something to the effect of,
"Go home and change your cloths into something more appropriate, and then you can come back."
Jason, who is on the receiving end, gets the real meaning behind the words,
"We're better than you, and that's why god hates people like you."
Jason leaves the building, never to return, thinking that all Christians are like that and think them better. This results in the aforementioned adult bashing.
Now lets get back to teenagers who bash. When I said: "Bashing without meaning or cause", I meant that they bash without knowing either the Faction or the real Church. In turn, this leads me to tell of an example that lends truth to my claim.
This happened in late April. Some friends and I were having a discussion on the different denominations of Christianity. This is when a boy (I say boy because he acts like a three-year-old brat) walks up to us and starts ranting about how stupid he thinks Christians are.
Everyone else is just ignoring him, but having dealt with him more than once, I'd had enough. So I calmly ask him, "Why is it, exactly, that you insist on bashing Christianity?"
And he says, "I'll bash whatever the #$ I want to!"
TRANSLATION: "I don't know," or "I don't care," or quite possibly both. Then he starts ranting again and calls me a Nazi. (Nazi Atheist). Quite a peculiar coincidence if you ask me.
Now I would like to return focus to the more subtle aspect of persecution in America. Among other things, lawsuits are cases of constant foolishness and stupidity. They have popped up in nearly every state in the country. Most of them have been aimed at the Pledge of Allegiance and the Ten Commandments.
A man in California, Michael Newdow, sued a school district because his daughter had to say the Pledge of Allegiance and it had the words "under God" in it. He claimed it to be unconstitutional. That is completely ridiculous.
In the mid-nineteen fifty's, during President Eisenhower's terms of office, Congress amended the Constitution to add the words "under God" to the pledge.
It's interesting to note also that the Constitution says absolutely nothing about separation between church and state. However, it does forbid the formation of a state religion. The words "under God" could mean any number of different deities. I once heard a suggestion that we should replace "under God" with "under my God" like the oath of enlistment for the military.
Then, there are the complaints against having the Ten Commandments on display. Where do people think that our laws come from? Answer: a girl once told me that our laws came from Native American beliefs. Even if she were right, they have their gods too. Sorry to burst your bubble.
However, the most terrifying instance when the church has been persecuted was when a child (in elementary school) was nearly expelled for praying over his lunch. This was in New Jersey, I think. Frankly, it scares me to death.
But, I do have good news. I know an atheist, whose name I will keep to myself; I deeply respect him for his views on Christianity and religion in general. He will not take offence to me practicing my faith in public or private like others would, and for that, I am grateful beyond all comparison.
I don't know what the rest of the world believes. And if it is different from my beliefs, I have no problem with it. All I know is that the Faction started it, and the Church is paying for it. When a child cannot thank God for food, our country is one more step towards a communist state.