Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Culture War is Coming to a Church Near You

I am always a little bit amused when I see a bumper sticker on a car that says "God is my co-pilot."  That's because these people mean well, and are on the right path, but they haven't yet gotten their ego out of the way.  God is not a co-pilot.  Indeed, everything is flying along according to God's will, and if we are lucky, he may let us touch a dial, or read off the altitude to him.  But he is flying the plane, and he is not going to turn the controls over to us.  But there is a serious side to all this too.  That serious side is that we are in a culture war, and Christianity is in the cross hairs.  It will get much worse before it gets better, and everyone who wants to make a difference will have to stand up, be counted.  On whose side will you be standing:  on the side of God, or on the side of Satan?

Michael Brown had an interesting piece yesterday at that laid it out fairly obviously for those who don't see it yet.  The piece entitled Obama Administration: Religious freedom for American Muslims, not for American Christians, details the effects of the Administration's war on Christianity. In this case, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took up the fight to help two Muslim truck drivers get their jobs back after they had been fired for refusing to haul beer in their trucks.  As Brown writes:

We all know what happened to Christian bakers, florists, photographers, and county clerks who refused to participate in same-sex “marriages” because of their religious faith. They were found guilty by the courts and fined or punished or even imprisoned.

And we know where the Obama administration stood on these issues, to the point that last year, Attorney General Eric Holder instructed attorneys general nationwide that they were not obligated to defend state laws – meaning, specifically, bans on same-sex “marriage” – if they found them to be discriminatory.

But when it comes to freedom of religion for Muslims, the results in the courts are different, the reaction from the administration is different, and even the response from the media is different.
Now, Muslims are given sanction to kill Christians, Jews, and even other Muslims if their practices are not up to the standards of the one doing the killing. They may kill their female relatives for adultery and fornication, or for marrying outside their faith. Of course, they may kill Hindus, Buddhists, and, well, anyone else they can.  The Muslim faith teaches that women are like chattel owned by men. All this according to their "sacred" scripture.  On the other hand, Christianity requires us to love even people who want to kill us, because they are all God's children.  It is hard work to love someone who desperately wants to kill you, and tries to do so.  Compare and contrast this society of killers and assassins, with Christians, and you will see that the Koran is the anti-Bible, a book written by someone under the influence of the Evil One.  It is an ideology of hatred and world domination disguised as a religion.

The Administration wants to import more of these people, I have read numbers from 10 to 20 thousand, "Syrian refugees,"  mostly men, of military age, who will no doubt carry out whatever jihad they can, and who will be the "anchor" for bringing their wives, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and who knows who else.  As in Europe, where this is already happening on a larger scale, these people will overtax the welfare system, will not assimilate, and will carry their holy war into the American heartland.

But, the Administration'swar on Christians is not confined to bringing in undoubtedly dangerous Muslims to create havoc and chaos within our borders, the culture war has been an ongoing project of the left for a century or more.  David Limbaugh has documented the ways large and small that this war has been waged, from banning the words "Merry Christmas," to banning prayers in schools, to paying Planned Parenthood money from our tax dollars, thus making Christians complicit in funding abortions.  In the name of keeping peace with our misguided brothers and sisters on the left, we have not stood up and loudly said "This is wrong!  We will not comply!"  We have quietly celebrated when someone civilly disobeyed, but we were too often too timid to do so ourselves.  When I was in school, we prayed each morning, and said the Pledge of Allegiance.  Now, because I believe that prayers said corporately in this way do not have the same effect as prayers said in private, I did not object. But, the prinicple of religious freedom is violated when we ban prayer. Even more so, both the principle of religios freedom and of free speech are violated when school administraions demand to see and to have the right to edit valedictory speeches if these will include references to God or Jesus.  In one generation, we have been cowed by a Supreme Court, that, in reality can not enforce their beliefs.  The do not make the "law of the land."  Moreover, if those of the left do not accept its rulings when those rulings favor the 2nd Amendment, why should we accept those rulings when the offend our principles?

I have said that the culture war will get much worse before it gets better.  I don't pretend to know why, only God knows his plan, but I know we as Christians must stand strong on God's side.  I believe more Christians should be carrying self defense weapons, whether guns, knives, batons or whatever, and must begin carrying them discreetly even at church.. Our church homes have traditionally be safe havens, but I believe that more and more violence against Christians will occur where the violators believe we are most vulnerable.  I know this will offend some who believe that Jesus taught a message of love and pacificism.  But I think we are missing the message.  While we must love our musguided brothers and sisters, we must not spit on God's great gift of life either.  When attacked, we must act to defend ourselves and our loved ones, especially the children.

In my own church body, the radicals have taken over and have pushed the church into making social statements that, frankly, are not Biblical.  They have, by subtle influence, downplayed the playing of the old hymns, which many times used martial themes as metaphors for Christian behavior and thought.  But these hymns were thought to be too "violent."  The radicals seem to be ashamed of Martin Luther, the man, who posted the 95 theses on the church door, and stood up against the  the Pope, and won.  Most of the things he was fighting against at the time have in fact been repudiated by the Catholic Church.  The time is coming soon when we will need to again sing "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "put on the gospel armor, each piece put on with care..."   The Evangelical Lutheran Church has become wussified, and as a result, is failing in its mission to be "evangelical."

You may, of course, gentle reader, say all this is hogwash, and discard it.  I understand,  But consider what you will have lost by being prepared.  One always needs to be prepared.  If I am wrong, and I really hope I am, little will be lost.  On the other hand, if I am right, and you are not prepared when all hell literally breaks loose, what are you going to do then?  Wake up.

PS:  Here's Fay Voshell, another writer who is pointing out the warning signs.

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