My TV consumption has dropped considerably. I watch an occasional football game and some news.
I recently watched one of the new detective dramas. The underlying tone disturbed me. “Hate crimes” provided the theme.
Now I believe prejudice is a sin. Eliminate it from your attitudes and actions! But, to me, it is obvious that this “hate crime” legislation is the foundation in America to persecute Christians. In fact, it already is.
If I disagree with someone does not mean I hate them. But now, in America, if I disagree with the abortion law, then some define me as a hate-monger. If I say that homosexuality, adultery, or pornography are not good lifestyles, then some define me as having a “phobia.”
Society’s treatment of first century Christians “scattered” them. That means they fled for their very lives! Their society defined them as haters of Caesar and haters of Judaism because they loved the Lord Jesus Christ..
America is quickly moving back to this barbaric attitude that condones the imprisonment and even killing of Christians. To love God more than this world, stand for salvation in Christ alone, and call sin a destructive force will increasingly cost us more.
As a nation, we have moved back to the secular attitudes the early Christians knew in the first century. Peter and Paul in the New Testament faced these situations with courage and spoke the gospel story of Jesus Christ.
Don’t lose hope! Jesus still changes lives! The love of God in John 3:16 is still the center of the gospel.
What was true for the Psalmist centuries ago is still true for us today!
O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are the rising against me; many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God.
But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Psalm 3:1-4
Our Father, the tide is shifting just as you prophesied in Your Word. Keep us confident in You. We believe in Your Son Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We believe every knee will one day bow to Him. Thank-you that you love us and live in us. Fill us with boldness and love.