Is there a persecution in America?
For most Americans, persecution of Christians is happening only somewhere over there in other countries. Certainly it can’t be happening here, not in the United States of America! Christians in America assume they are safe from persecution.
But they are not safe.
Persecution begins gradually and accelerates stage by stage. Christians in America should recognize they are well into the third stage of persecution.
The first stage began with attempts to stereotype the Christian group. Our former president summed up the left’s views of people of faith when in 2008, he categorized working-class voters in the following way:
“[I]t’s not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
For nearly all the left, people of faith were considered the inhibitors of “progress,” and they deserve being caricatured as Bible-thumpers, and therefore ignorant, uneducated, backward hicks and rednecks.
The second stage of persecution involved justifying hatred for Christianity. As the progressive religion accelerated and consolidated its agenda, it justified vilification of Christians who refused to embrace their radical views. Christians were portrayed as regressive barbarians who determined to resist the hope and change forced on them by the State. Those who opposed the fundamental transformation the left desires were described as close-minded, harmful to human dignity and freedom, intolerant, hateful, bigoted, unfair, homophobic, reactionary, and just plain mean and basically bad people.
In stage three Christians are marginalized and selectively persecuted. This stage involves criminalizing Christians and their churches, businesses, and educational institutions. This stage is well and alive in America today. It began with Christians like Kent Hovind, and is currently rapidly increasing in our society while Christians argue about trivial things.
An increasing amount of litigation is being directed against the Church and other Christians for daring to live out our faith[.] … It is clear that attempts to criminalize Christian behavior is a growth sector in this culture and it signals the beginning of the steady erosion of religious liberty. Many indeed feel quite righteous, quite politically correct in their work to separate the practice of the faith from the public square.
— Monsignor Pope
Most Christians are unaware about the selective and targeted persecution happening before their eyes today, in fact they often side with the persecutors not the persecuted deeming those cases as the fault of gullible Christians who either didn’t pay their taxes, or did not consider carefully all of the laws of the United States. This kind of thinking by-in-large by the Body of Christ allows proliferation of persecution here in America today. And if Christians do not wake up and push back against these targeted and strategic assaults by our Government and Corporations, we will enter a fourth stage of the persecution.
Stage five involves persecuting Christians outright. It may involve forcing Christians to go against their Biblical teachings by insisting that pastors marry gays, as Frank Bruni of the NY Times recently advocated. It then may move on to make religious institutions adhere to government “health” mandates, including provision of abortion services.
It may include the levying of heavy fines, such as the proposed $135,000 fine against bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. The general idea is to force the person to perform acts against his Biblical beliefs and his rooted faith in God, much like the SS forcing Jews to eat pork on Yom Kippur.